Seguin making the best of Switzerland

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Seguin making the best of Switzerland

Tyler Seguin turned down an offer from the KHL for close to double the money hes making playing for Biel in the Swiss A League, but he doesnt regret that choice for a minute.

That goes double when the Bs prodigy is coming off a day like Monday when he picked up a pair of assists and set up the game-winning goal for linemateformer UNH standout Jacob Micflikier in a victory for his Swiss Club.

The 20-year-old Seguin has five points in five games played for Biel since heading to Europe amidst the NHL lockout, and is still a minus-3 while helping to carry a Swiss hockey club not considered amongst the strongest in their league. While its pretty clear the All-Star forward would rather be in Boston wearing a black and gold Bruins jersey, Seguin is making the best of a unique situation in Switzerland for as long as it lasts.

Its a fun league with pretty good players, wrote Seguin in a text to CSNNE.com. There are a lot of nice guys on my team, and its great for the conditioning aspect.

The biggest reason players like Seguin, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara are in Europe playing during the lockout is to keep in tip-top shape for the moment when the lockout ends. Players participating in scrimmages and playing glorified shinny in North America arent
getting the kind of game-shape action and intensity needed once the NHL heads into gear.

Its sad but true that many NHL players will be left two steps behind if they dont find a league similar to the Swiss League for game action during the interim lockout period.

The friendly competition is also just as good as the conditioning benefit in Switzerland.

Seguin was keenly aware of Patrice Bergerons four-point (two goals, two assists) debut for Lugano on Monday as well, and has circled the Oct. 20 date on the calendar when the two Bs lineys will go head-to-head in Swiss League action for the first time.

Seguin is eager to line up against one of his role models in No. 37, but admits it will be a little bit of an uphill battle for bragging rights against the reigning Selke Trophy winner.

Bergys team is better than mine, but well see if we can shut him down. LOL, wrote Seguin in competitive jest.

Unfortunately there wont be any TV outlets covering the Swiss League games similar to the national coverage offered for a handful of KHL games.

But theres always the Internet to follow which Bs favorite son gets bragging rights when Seguin and Bergeron clash next week.

What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.