Milan Lucic was adamant on Friday that he wouldnt be playing anywhere overseas should there be a lengthy NHL lockout.
He ended the thought by saying my plan for this season is to play for the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins power forward softened on that stance a bit on Saturday during the conference call to announce his new three-year contract, but said it would be quite awhile before he even entertained the thought of going to Europe. His wife Brittney is expecting their first child in the middle of the season which could complicate Lucic traveling long distance to play during the winter months.
Lucic instead is holding out hope that the NHL wont miss more than a few months maximum, and hell instead be back doling out punishment in a black and gold sweater by the holidays at the latest.
As of right now, I have not. I know I told some of the guys yesterday that my plan was to play for the Boston Bruins this year and right now its the same, said Lucic on Saturday during a conference call for his three-year, 18 million contract extension with the Bruins. Obviously if it goes on longer than most of us expect, then Ill have to look into something, but as of right now, I have not looked into playing elsewhere"
Similarly Zdeno Chara said he was in no hurry to head back to Europe with his family set up and his daughter enrolled in Boston schools, but the big defenseman could head overseas if the season faces the chopping block in January.
David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg have both already indicated theyd be headed for Europe to play in their native countries if theres a lengthy lockout. The Bruins that dont make their offseason homes in Boston are expected to start leaving the area by the end of September if it looks like the season is going to be delayed for a significant period of time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates.
*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations.
*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them.
*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.
*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas.
*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.