Bruins staying healthy, productive in European stints


Bruins staying healthy, productive in European stints

Since its nothing but silence until the NHL and NHLPA resume negotiations on Wednesday morning at the NHL offices in New York City, it seems like a good time for an update on the Bruins players in Europe.

Tyler Seguin continues to light things up for HC Biel, and has 16 goals and 28 points in 17 games played for the Swiss-A League, and has mashed nicely with the high speed, minimal contact European game. Hes also managed to work his way back to an even plusminus rating after a rough start in Switzerland. Patrice Bergeron has nine goals and 17 points in 10 games for HC Lugano, and gives the Bruins a pair of centers keeping their games sharp for a quick start to the NHL regular season. Chris Kelly has also signed with HC Red Ice in Switzerland, but Kelly doesnt look like hes appeared in a game for the Swiss team after a quick browse of their website.

Zdeno Chara has three goals and eight points along with a minus-1 rating in 13 games HC Lev Prague in the KHL, and has enjoyed plenty of practice chasing around speedy, undersized forwards in the skill league. Goaltender Anton Khudobin is 3-9-2 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .908 save percentage for Moscow Oblast Atlant while staying warm for his run as the Bruins backup goaltender.

Dennis Seidenberg has five assists and is sitting at a plus-8 in 12 games for the Mannheim Eagles in the German Elite League. Rich Peverley has three goals and 12 points in 15 games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla in the Finnish Elite League, and the sometimes feisty forward has also racked up 16 penalty minutes during his European adventure.

Tuukka Rask is 6-2 with a 1.58 goals against average and a .936 save percentage for Plzen HC in the Czech Extra League, and that has to be encouraging for a Bruins front office ready to hand him the goaltending duties.

Andrew Ference has a goal and four points along with a plus-2 in 10 games for Ceske Budejovice HC while playing with Vinny Prospal and Ales Kotalik. Bruins center Gregory Campbell could be joining Budejovice shortly as well as the two sides are reportedly working out the details of a contract for the fourth line mainstay. David Krejci is off to a great start with Pardubice HC and has nine goals and 16 points along with a plus-1 in 15 games during his first prolonged time skating in his home country since he was a teen-ager.

Johnny Boychuk was the 11th Bs skater to sign a European contract and left for Austria at the end of last week, but hasnt yet appeared in a game for Red Bull Salzburg while becoming Bostons first player to skate in the Austrian First Division. The most important piece of information concerning all of these players: other than a tweaked groin during one of Rasks first games and some minor bumps and bruises for Bergeron and Ference, the Black and Gold have remained remarkably healthy while playing games a long, long way from home.

Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'


Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'

PHOENIX -- Robert Kraft drew some scoffs from the media horde surrounding him on Monday when he relayed Tom Brady's intentions for the remainder of his playing career. 

"As recently as two, three days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six, seven more years," Kraft said. "At the level he performed, there's no one that would be happier than I . . . and our fan base."

Brady put together an MVP-caliber season in 2016 at the age of 39, and he figures to be one of the best at his position during his age 40 season. And judging by his comments during Day 2 of the league meetings here, Kraft wouldn't be surprised if Brady could keep things going well into his mid-40s -- unprecedented as that would be.

"In some ways, you think about, I think there's one player at the age of 40 who had one good year. Favre for the Vikings. But he didn't do so well before," Kraft said. "I think Tommy's sustained excellence is just unbelievable. It's a lifestyle. He's in training now. It's not like he's stopped. He works out.

"I remember after our first Super Bowl in [2001], going down to the training room in the old Foxboro Stadium, three days after we won, and he's in there with the music blaring, working out.

"He's really dedicated and the thing that's amazing about him, to this day, he hasn't changed as a human being in terms of how he relates to people, but also in terms of how he works out. The only thing that's probably changed is how he eats, his diet. I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.

*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?

*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.

*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.

*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.

*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box

*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.

*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.

*For something completely different: getting to know new baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.