With the days dwindling down to hours now we must all come to the realization that an agreement has not been reached and we will need to get our Bruins hockey fix in other ways for at least the beginning of the season. How do you go about this you ask? That’s what A Cup A Bruin is here for. We promise to keep you informed on all of your favorite Black and Gold players throughout the year as information becomes available. Through the course of the past week we have learned some valuable information that we find may be helpful in the event of a lockout. For starters, in our Survival Guide we mentioned getting acquainted with your AHL team, the Providence Bruins.
Today, the Bruins announced that twenty-three players had been assigned to Providence, four of them clearing waivers, while another two were assigned to their respective junior teams in the OHL. While it was stated previously this week that Seguin is in fact eligible to play for the P-Bruins due to still being on an entry-level contract, he would have had to clear waivers first, since he has already played in 150 games or more with Boston. A plan that, at the moment, is far too risky for Boston to take. However, there are still other options for the young forward to choose from post-lockout.
As for players like David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg, playing overseas seems to be appealing should the lockout last a withstanding amount. In an interview with CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty, Krejci stated:
“It will be nice, but not at this time. I always thought I’d go back [to Czech] to end my career. I never thought it would be when I was 26 [years old],” Krejci told CSNNE.com. “A few teams have already contacted me from the Czech Republic. I would definitely go there. I wouldn’t go to any other countries. If they’re going to say there’s a lockout on Saturday, I’m not going to leave on Sunday or Monday. I haven’t given any [Czech] teams my word yet. My first priority is here, but then I’ll start making some decisions after that. There are so many things that go into picking a team.”
While many players are waiting out the storm for the next two hours and forty-five minutes, the fact of the matter remains that there will be no opening day on October 11 against the Capitals. While the length of this lockout is unknown, like Krejci, a lot of players have some big decisions to make. For Krejci, it’s deciding which Czech team best suits him, for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg it is going to Germany to play with his younger brother Yannick.
For the moment they are the only two players respectively going ‘home’ to play the game they love , where as Bruins Tyler Seguin, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton plan to stick around Boston, at least for a little while.
For a list of players assigned to Providence please visit here.