Going to Switzerland is Patrice Bergeron, who will play for HC Lugano in the southern, Italian-speaking part of the country. An Italian-language press release, which created some amusing phrasing when run through Google Translate for basic understanding, explained that donations from people and businesses outside the hockey club helped bring him to the fold. That kind of makes me wonder how stable Lugano's finances are if they have to ask for PBS-style Viewers Like You donations to bring in an NHL player.
Lugano is currently fifth in the league with 13 points from eight games played. The team has been around since 1941 and last won a championship in 2006. Later this month, Lugano will play EHC Biel, the team currently boasting Tyler Seguin on its lineup, so Bergeron may very well get the chance to play against someone who is usually on his line.
Bergeron has not yet left for Switzerland, but should arrive there soon.
Two different leagues with teams in the Czech Republic will get Bruins on their rosters. Zdeno Chara has already arrived in Prague to get settled with HC Lev Praha, which is part of the Russian-based KHL even though it is in the Czech Republic. It's a very new team, so new that it doesn't have its own arena yet--it shares with HC Sparta Praha. Lev is doing pretty well in the standings, though: third overall, right behind Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Traktor Chelyabinsk.
Chara is referred to as the largest of lions in a press release about his arrival. He's already tried on his temporary new jersey and said he will get in his first practice with the team on Oct. 4, just a day after flying over to Europe. He hopes to be able to play his first Lev game on Oct. 6 if everything is cleared before then.
HC Pardubice of the Czech league has taken in David Krejci, who is set to touch down in his homeland on Oct. 4. Pardubice's general manager wants Krejci to play as soon as possible, but their next game is on Oct. 5, so that could be cutting it very close. Administrative hurdles also have to be cleared in Krejci's case, just like in Chara's.
Pardubice has been around since 1923 and the team is actually the defending league champion. Like the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup, though, it looks like Pardubice is experiencing a championship hangover. They're near the bottom of the league standings and have just two wins out of eight games played. Perhaps Krejci can help the team out of the basement.
Plus, Dennis Seidenberg has made his way to Germany and is set to practice with Adler Mannheim on Oct. 4. Though he'll accompany the team to Hamburg for their next game, he probably won't play in it and may see his first ice time next week.
It's becoming a little more difficult to keep all the Bruins in Europe straight since so many have left, but Bruins fans, I will do my best to keep up with them and bring news of what they are doing.
Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who has taken to writing down where each player is and listing out when their games are, all color-coded, in an attempt to keep everything together in these fractured times.
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