The Providence Bruins opened their training camp Friday at the Rhode Island Sports Center to gear up for what should be an interesting and entertaining season. 34 players reported to the festivities yesterday including guys like Chris Bourque, Jordan Caron and Torey Krug who would normally be playing in back-to-back games with the Boston Bruins.
“Finally getting on the ice feels good, and now we’re back in the swing of things,” Chris Bourque told CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty.
For guys like Sweeney and Chiarelli, it is a chance to finally get back to what they love – a life revolved solely around ice hockey. Yet for guys like Captain Zdeno Chara, it’s decision time as to whether or not to play overseas. Currently there are seven members of the Boston Bruins Organization playing overseas across different parts of Europe-from Switzerland to Russia to the Czech Republic. Since Patrice Bergeron has yet to sign with Switzerland and took part in the first of the Quebec games, it appears Chara may be the next to head over.
While we can assume that he will be playing for his native Slovakian home, there are rumors that he may be playing for the KHL. With the opening of regular season games just around the corner being expected to be cancelled, the decision may come sooner than anyone expected. There are already over 100 NHL players participating overseas with the lockout continuing to linger on.
While the whispers around town were insistent the six-foot-nine captain would be playing for Bratislava, his native home team, it doesn’t appear it is the open option. Granted, he would be reunited with former Bruin teammate Miroslav Satan, friends aren’t a definite deciding factor in situations like this.
As of now Chara remains in Boston, practicing with a few of his teammates and enrolling his daughter in the Boston school system and nothing is set in stone. We will keep you posted as we get more information.
UPDATE:12:45PM: Zdeno Chara has signed with Prague of the KHL and is set to play in games this weekend.