The NHL lockout is officially underway after the owners and the players association did not negotiate yesterday before the 11:59pm deadline last night. This came hours after the Boston Bruins locked up 24-year-old left winger Milan Lucic to a four year deal.
The Bruins locked up three of their young stars in the last week; Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand, all for north of $4 million per year cap hits. The Bruins are a team that wouldn’t appear to be happy to see the lockout coming with a bunch of young studs locked up for 2012-13 and beyond.
If the season were to start, their first line looks very solid with Lucic and David Krejci, and Nathan Horton coming back from a concussion. The second line is all locked up in long term contracts with Seguin, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
How could this lockout affect the Bruins? Seguin has said he might play overseas, and it’s probably his only option if he wants to play. Seguin’s NHL experience would require him to pass through waivers in order for the Bruins to assign him to their AHL affiliate in Providence, and that definitely won’t be happening.
Defender Dennis Seidenberg is going to play in Germany, more than likely, and he has already talked about it. Meanwhile, the Bruins will send defender Dougie Hamilton back to juniors, but once the lockout ends, they will be able to place him back on their active roster.