Catching up with the Bruins in Europe

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After a disappointing break in negotiations last week, it looks as if this 2012 NHL lockout will continue on for at least another few weeks. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a clear solution in sight, at least in the minds of those in charge, commissioner Gary Bettman and player’s association executive Donald Fehr. In the meantime, I’ve decided to give you all an update on how some of the Boston Bruins’ players are faring overseas with their temporary teams.

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Tyler Seguin – EHC Biel (Switzerland)

Through ten games overseas, Boston’s leading scorer from the 2011-12 season has picked up 3 goals, added 7 assists and posted a minus-4 plus/minus rating.

David Krejci - HC Pardubice (Czech Republic)

The Bruins’ top-line centerman, David Krejci, has only suited up for two games in the Czech league this season, scoring one goal and posting a plus-1 in the on-ice ratings department.

Patrice Bergeron - HC Lugano (Switzerland)

Boston fan favorite Patrice Bergeron has enjoyed tremendous success in Switzerland this season, scoring 6 goals and adding 5 assists with a plus-9 rating in just five games played. Bergeron’s Lugano team is fresh off a 6-3 victory on Saturday over Tyler Seguin and the EHC Biel.

Rich Peverley – JYP Jyvaskyla (Finland)

While skating for a Finnish team whose name is near-impossible to pronounce, versatile forward Rich Peverley has accounted for eight assists in nine games with an even plus/minus rating.

Jordan Caron – Providence Bruins (AHL)

Yes, I realize that Jordan Caron isn’t playing overseas, but an update on his season in the AHL seemed like a perfect fit for this piece. The young power forward led the way for the P-Bruins on Friday evening with a hat-trick in Providence’s first victory of the season. After sweeping two games this weekend, the P-Bruins are now an even 2-2-0 on the season.

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara - HC Lev Praha (Slovakia)

Boston’s captain has scored one goal and added two assists this season while skating to a minus-2 rating.

Dennis Seidenberg - Adler Mannheim (Germany)

Through seven games of action back in his home country of Germany, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has picked up a pair of assists and recorded a plus-3 rating.

Andrew Ference - HC Mountfield (Czech Republic)

In four games in the Czech league, Andrew Ference has recorded just one assist.

Torey Krug – Providence Bruins (AHL)

Young blueliner Torey Krug has one assist and a minus-2 rating in four games this season for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask – HC Skoda Plzen (Czech Republic)

Boston’s new starting goaltender has seen action in three games for the HC Skoda Plzen, posting a goals against average of 2.86 and a save percentage of .897.

Anton Khudobin - Atlant Moscow Oblast (Russia)

The Bruins’ young back-up goaltender has played in more games this season than any of his other Boston teammates. Despite his strong stat line of a 2.79 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, his record sits at a lowly 3-7-2. This is likely a product of the players in front of him not being able to produce a healthy clip of offense.

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