Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is looking to play overseas during the NHL lockout, though his agent told ESPNBoston.com on Wednesday that there was “nothing concrete” at this point.
"We have had discussions but have to find a situation that makes sense for him and we haven't to this point," the agent, Kent Hughes, wrote in an email.
French sports network RDS reported Tuesday that Bergeron had been in serious discussions with HC Genève-Servette in Switzerland and was close to signing with the team. Bergeron’s linemate Tyler Seguin has already agreed to play in Switzerland, signing a deal with HC Biel last week.
Hughes said there was also a chance Bergeron -- who played in the AHL for Providence during the 2004-05 lockout -- might participate in the first game of the newly formed Quebec Caravan League on Thursday in Chateauguay, a suburb of Montreal. The league was formed by fellow Quebec natives and NHLers Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais and will feature teams with Quebec-born NHLers playing exhibitions in various suburban and city rinks across the province.
Fellow Quebec natives and NHL stars Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang (Penguins), David Perron (Blues), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Sharks), Alex Burrows (Canucks) and Simon Gagne (Kings) are also expected to participate. Hughes said Bergeron could play in more than one exhibition, but not all of them.
If Bergeron does sign with a Swiss team or heads to Europe, he would be the seventh Bruin to bolt, joining Dennis Seidenberg (Germany), Tuukka Rask, David Krejci and Andrew Ference (Czech Republic), Anton Khudobin (Russia) and Rich Peverley (Finland).