Three Bruins will head over to Europe to take part in the International Hockey Federation World Championships this month.
Zdeno Chara headlines the group in a rare summer hockey tournament appearance for the proud Slovakian defenseman in recent years, and David Krejci will likewise play for the Czech Republic entry after finishing up the year in Boston. Norwegian goaltender and 2011 draft Lars Volden will round out the candidates taking part in the world hockey tournament.
Tyler Seguin had mentioned the world championships as a possibility when he was packing up his things at TD Garden last week, but it seems pretty clear now that his first priority is the surgery on his left middle knuckle. The 20-year-old suffered a displaced tendon during a March game against the Florida Panthers, and played through the playoffs with the injury.
The World Championships will begin Friday, May 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm with 16 teams playing in two preliminary round groups with eight teams in each, using the IIHF World Ranking for seeding. This means that each team will play seven preliminary round games each.
Chara and the Slovaks will be in the Helsinki group along with Finland, Canada, USA,Switzerland, Belarus, France and Kazakhstan. Krejci and the Czechs will begin in Stockholm and be up against Russia, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Denmark and Italy.
The tournament will run from May 4 through May 20.
The top four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the quarterfinals. The teams that finish last in each group will be relegated to Division I. Teams placed 5-8 will have no more games.
The two top teams will have to play ten games to reach the final, with all medal games hosted in Helsinki.
Now THIS is old-time hockey!
There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.
And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.