European vacation: Locked-out Bruins heading overseas
Over the final 48 hours of the now-expired CBA, NHL teams made a number of moves that saw literally hundreds of players assigned to their affiliates throughout the American Hockey League.
|David Krejci, seen here represting the Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympics, is reportedly close to signing a deal with HC Pardubice. (Getty Images)|
Now, less than two full days into the lockout, a number of players who weren't sent back down to the farm are seeking employment in Europe. At least one Bruin has already been confirmed to be heading overseas.
* The Bruins' backup-to-be, Anton Khudobin, has signed on with HC Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL. A native of Khazakhstan, Khudobin has been in the B's organization for parts of two seasons. He went 21-19-3 for the P-Bruins in 2011-12 and also made his Boston debut in April -- a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Khudobin played for Magnitogorsk Metallurg in Russia during the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons, with a stint in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades sandwiched in between.
* CSNNE's Joe Haggerty is reporting that David Krejci is close to inking a deal with with HC Pardubice. A native of Sternbrek, Czech Republic, Krejci had 23-39-62 totals in 2011-12 for Boston.
The 26-year-old pivot represented his country in the 2010 Winter Olympics and again in 2012 at the IIHF World Championship. Krejci played for a junior squad in Kladno prior to joining the QMJHL in 2004.
* Dennis Seidenberg stated earlier in the offseason that he'd be inclined to play in Europe in the event of a lockout. It's likely that No. 44 will join Adler Mannheim of the DEL.
Seidenberg's younger brother, Yannic, is in his fourth season with Mannheim. The siblings -- both blueliners -- hail from Villingen-Schwenning, Germany, a little more than two hours away from Mannheim.
* Entirely unconfirmed web rumors -- no, not from that dolt Hockeyy Insiderr -- say that captain Zdeno Chara might be playing for Slovan Bratislava, a KHL club located in Big Z's home country, Slovakia. Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has already joined the team.
Finnish scribe Matias Strozyk said on Sunday -- prior to Visnovsky's news being official -- that Visnovsky, Chara and Marian Hossa were "probable" to join Bratislava, whose captain is Chara's longtime buddy and Olympic teammate Miroslav Satan.