With the NHL lockout forcing the cancellation of at least the first 82 games for the 2012-2013 season, many players have opted to temporarily play with teams overseas. Here’s what some of the Bruins players are up to while they can’t play in the NHL. If the lockout ends, they will be free to rejoin the Bruins.
Rich Peverley, forward: Peverley signed on with Finland’s SM-liiga league to play for JYP. Peverley put up 42 points in 57 games last season and has been a member of the Bruins since 2010. Finland’s SM-liiga is the country’s top league and in the 2011-2012 season, JYP was first out of 14 teams.
Chris Bourque, forward: Since 2007, Bourque has seen ice time with the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, but hopes to find himself in a Bruins jersey when the lockout ends. Bourque, who has played a combined 33 games in the NHL, is currently training in Providence to stay in shape for the pending start of the season. His father, Ray Bourque, played for the Bruins from 1980 until 2000 as a defenseman.
David Krejci, forward: The Czech Republic native signed to play in his home nation during the NHL lockout. Krejci, who had 62 points in 79 games last season, will play with the Czech league’s HC Pardubice of Extra Liga.
Shawn Thornton, forward: For some players, the complications involved with playing overseas can be too much. Thornton has been exploring options in Europe, but has been thwarted by insurance challenges for staying injury-free in a foreign country. No deal has been made for his immediate playing future during the lockout. Last season, Thornton posted 13 points in 81 games.
Milan Lucic, forward: Lucic, 24, says he’s surprised to see many of his teammates opting for overseas contracts to play in various leagues, and does not have any European travel plans at this time. Lucic and his new wife, Brittany, are expecting their first child, a major reason Lucic wants to stay closer to home. Lucic played 81 games last season, finishing with 26 goals and 38 assists.
Anton Khudobin, goalie: After playing one game for the Bruins last season, the 26-year old goaltender signed with a KHL team in Russia, HC Atlant Moscow Oblast. Khudobin was the first from the Bruins’ roster to make his temporary league switch official.
Tyler Seguin, forward: Seguin has joined the Swiss Elite League and is playing for Biel. Seguin tweeted that he will be wearing No. 9 for the Swiss team and was one of the first Bruins players to sign on in Europe. Last year Seguin played 81 games in the regular season along with 7 in the playoffs and put up 70 points with 31 goals and 39 assists.
Dennis Seidenberg, defense: Seidenberg decided to go back to his home country of Germany. He joined Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, which also has his younger brother, Yannic, on the roster. He played in a 2-1 victory over Dusseldorfer EG on Oct. 7.
Andrew Ference, defense: Ference, 33, left for the Czech Republic on Oct. 7. He recently tweeted he would buy “any Bostonian a Budvar” if he meets them in the Czech Republic while he’s there. Ference will be playing for Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga, the same team he joined during the last NHL lockout during the 2004-2005 season.
Zdeno Chara, defense: Chara, the Bruins captain who put up a combined 55 points last season, signed with Prague of the KHL. Until the lockout, Chara remained in Boston running captain’s practices with other teammates.
Tuukka Rask, goalie: Rask became the third Bruin to sign with a team in the Czech Republic. The goalie had an 11-8-3 season with .929 save percentage in 2011-2012 and will play for Czech Extra League team NC Plzen.
Patrice Bergeron, forward: Like teammate Tyler Seguin, the Bruins’ alternate captain made a temporary move to Switzerland. The 27-year-old will play with Swiss club Lugano along with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa. Last year Bergeron played 81 games and had a scoring line of 22-42-64.