Rich Peverley to Finland, Milan Lucic Talks Cattle: Fan's View

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Boston Bruins fans, now there are five: that is, five team members who have confirmed plans to play overseas during the NHL lockout. Rich Peverley joins the list and is the first Bruin to go to a team in Finland.

Peverley will play for JYP Jyvaskyla, located in the central Finnish city of Jyvaskyla. Interestingly, JYP has been part of a partnership agreement with the Bruins for two years. JYP's chairman, Jukka Seppanen, saw Peverley play during a partnership trip to Boston and said in this statement that he thinks Peverley's style is well-suited for Finnish play. I translated the statement via Google Translate and understand the loss of nuance and meaning in translation, but still got the gist of what was being said.

The statement also said that Peverley will arrive in Finland later this week to begin play with JYP, the defending SM-liiga champions. The defending champs are off to a good start in its season so far. Of four games played to date, they have won three, losing one in a shootout.

Another Bruin is making headlines too after being mentioned specifically in a now-infamous interview with Jim Devellano, the senior vice president and alternate governor of the Detroit Red Wings. In that interview, where Devellano referred to players and other team employees as cattle grazing on a ranch owned by the team owners, he also explained that the billionaire owners make their players millionaires. He specifically said that Milan Lucic should be grateful for getting his contract with the Bruins just before the lockout began.

Lucic heard the comments and joked that he must be grade A prime beef, but did speak more seriously about how he disliked being classified as cattle. However, he didn't trash Devellano, instead showing respect for what he's done over the course of his career.

It might be easy to question Lucic's new contract, but I personally feel he's made himself worth the raise through his performance on the ice. Consider the fact that last season, he put up more than 20 goals and more than 100 penalty minutes in the same campaign--the second straight season of more than 200 goals and 100 penalty minutes in tandem. He's part of the Bruins' top line, which works well when all three of its members are healthy. To me, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has repeatedly rewarded players who embody the Bruins style of play and Lucic is the most recent beneficiary of that.

He is also, demonstrably, not cattle, although Devellano's comments ignited a firestorm of criticism and earned him a $250,000 fine from the NHL.

The lockout is only a week old and already a handful of Bruins have gone overseas, plus another one was specifically called out in controversial commentary. Bruins fans, this could get simply even more unusual depending on how much longer this lockout will be.

Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who has seen cattle before and knows that NHL players certainly are not cattle.

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