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Seidenberg likely to play in Germany for lockout

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Seidenberg likely to play in Germany for lockout

Its only a matter of time now for Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg before he leaves the Bruins, and heads back to his native Germany until the NHL lockout ends.

The Bruins defenseman indicated to CSNNE.com on Tuesday hell remain in Boston for the next week, but he is most likely headed to Europe next week to reunite with younger brother Yanick on the Mannheim Eagles team he opened his career with in Germany.

The two Seidenberg brothers -- Yanick is three years younger and a 5-foot-7 forward -- played portions of one season together in Mannheim back in 2001-02, but are now looking forward to have a chance to play together in their primes. Seidenberg did say that hes going to keep a careful eye on how many games he plays in Germany with the idea that a bunched-up shortened schedule might be waiting for him when the NHL gets going.

Once it starts theyre probably going to press a lot of games into the months and it will be a lot on top of going over to Europe," Seidenberg said. "Ill have to consider that and be careful how I manage my time. Im German so if I go back there I wont count as an import. I can always go back there. If I go back to Germany Ill play with Mannheim with my brother. It would be nice to be reunited with him.

Seidenberg was regretful that it took an NHL lockout to make it happen and still holds out hope that something might spark up the CBA negotiations in the next couple of weeks.

But hes also wary of the damage that a prolonged work stoppage -- and the radio silence that goes along with it -- could do to the NHL product.

Every time theres a work stoppage and theres no media coverage out there, then people lose interest in the game, said Seidenberg. Hockey isnt a sport like football or baseball where a large group of people live for it. We need to coverage to be out there to keep it going and to keep the game popular.

The 31-year-old defenseman is also firming up his plans to head back to Europe around the same time Bruins center David Krejci will be heading back to the Czech Republic. Seidenbergs best season for Mannheim came the year after he selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round of the 2001 draft, and he posted seven goals and 20 points in 55 games before leaving for North America where he's spent the last 10 seasons.

As with most players that retreat to Europe during NHL work stoppages, Seidenberg is expected to have an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to North America when the NHL regular season begins.

Khudobin can't save Bruins' goaltending situation

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Khudobin can't save Bruins' goaltending situation

The entire concept of Tuukka Rask getting pushed by one of his backups is based on the backup consistently performing at a high standard, and that wasn’t the case for Anton Khudobin over the weekend.

Just as it isn’t solely the fault of Rask when the Bruins lose, it wasn’t solely the fault of Khudobin that Boston squandered leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in an overtime loss to Buffalo on Saturday night. But Khudobin couldn’t step up and carry the B's when they clearly started losing their edge in the second half of the game, and that inconsistency will certainly make the Bruins pine for a sooner-rather-than-later return of a concussed Rask.

“Erratic,” said coach Bruce Cassidy when asked to describe Khudobin postgame. “He battles. We love that about him. He battled to the end. He certainly made his share of saves. We need to be better in front of him. But there were times that, there were fires that needed to be put out that shouldn’t have been necessary. But that happens sometimes.”

It was certainly too much to expect Khudobin to be perfect, but they just needed him to be good enough to pull them through while they were getting waylaid in the second half of the game. That proved to be a major challenge, given the players the Bruins are missing and the extremely rough night suffered by Torey Krug (minus-3 on Saturday night, and minus-8 for the season). Khudobin finished with 37 stops as a defense corps without Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller wilted in the third period and the overtime, but he couldn’t make the clean saves for whistles when the team really needed them. Case in point was a Rasmus Ristolainen tester in overtime while the Bruins were in the midst of being outshot by a 6-0 margin in the extra session. Khudobin got a glove on it but couldn’t cleanly catch it for a badly needed stoppage in play at a time when Krug, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand had been caught on the ice for over two minutes.

"The start was great, and the game was great until we scored the fourth goal, and I think after that, we thought it was an easy game,” said Khudobin. “[The high volume of shots] wasn’t that much difficult, I like shots, like probably every other goalie, but they were crashing the net. They were going hard. There were a lot of deflections, a lot of rebounds, a lot of scrums in front of the net, which were . . .that’s the dangerous part, not just the shots.”

Khudobin, 31, has taken five of a possible six points in the games he's played this season and is off to a solid start with a 2-0-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He looks like he’s going to be a perfectly fine backup, enabling the Bruins to hold Rask to the 55-60 games they’ve forecasted for his peak performance this season.

But Saturday night was a major blow to any hopes that Rask would be pushed competitively by his backup, and that a Khudobin hot streak could spark a slow-starting, and now injured, Rask when he does return.

Instead the Bruins are left to hope they can survive while missing Rask along with a number of other key players, and that the goalie returns sooner than later to a team that can’t survive too many morale-crushing defeats like the choke job against the lowly Sabres.

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Morning Skate: 'After Hours'? Injured Jagr is open

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Morning Skate: 'After Hours'? Injured Jagr is open

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering if it shouldn’t be more of an issue that potential Red Sox manager Alex Cora was good buddies with Dustin Pedroia when the two played together in Boston.

*Jaromir Jagr suffers a lower-body injury and then goes on Hockey Night in Canada’s “After Hours” program to show once again how wonderful it is to be “The Jagr.”

*The Ottawa Senators get Erik Karlsson back this week, but now they’ve lost power forward Bobby Ryan for a month with a broken finger.

*The Montreal Canadiens are getting exposed for the very flawed team that they are during a brutal start to the 2017-18 season.

*Keep an eye out on the Los Angeles Kings now that they’ve suffered an injury with Jeff Carter and do appear to be in the running for the playoffs this season.

*New Jersey Devils fans help a singer belt out the national anthem after there might have been a case of forgetting the words.

*Doug Gilmour might not have always enjoyed the prying eyes while playing in Toronto, a case that gives you an idea what it’s like to be a pro hockey player in a market like Toronto where everybody knows your name.

*For something completely different: There’s no doubting that Aaron Judge has brought life and energy back to the Yankees and that’s something that’s very good for baseball.