On the eve of the first game of Le Tournee des Joueurs, the Quebec-based traveling caravan of Quebecois NHL players playing for charity, one more name could be added to the Tournee fold.
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins may participate in the first game on Sept. 27 in Chateauguay, according to his agent, Kent Hughes. Earlier this week, Hughes thought his client might not play in the tourney, but he seems to have changed his mind after sleeping on it.
However, he might not participate in any future games of Le Tournee des Joueurs because he could be considering joining his teammate and linemate Tyler Seguin in the Swiss Nationalliga A. He is reportedly in talks with HC Geneve-Servette, which is sitting atop the Nationalliga with 15 points so far in the season.
Geneve-Servette is based in Geneva, the second largest city in Switzerland and the biggest city in Romandy, which is the French-speaking part of the country. That would work well for Bergeron, who is bilingual in English and French, but French is his first language.
Hughes said that he hasn’t found a playing situation that would work for his client yet, but that could change in the coming days. The solution from 2004-05, which was to have Bergeron play for the AHL Providence Bruins, will not work this time.
If Bergeron were to leave for Switzerland or any other European destination, he would be the seventh Bruin to make a temporary overseas playing decision after Andrew Ference, Anton Khudobin, Rich Peverley, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg and, of course, Seguin.