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Gregory Campbell not Going to Europe, for Now

November 27th, 2012 at 6:56 PM
By Tim ODonnell


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 After exploring the possibility and receiving offers to play overseas, Gregory Campbell as decided to stay in North America at least for the time being. The last reports had Campbell in discussion with HC Budejovice, where Andrew Ference plays, in the Czech Republic.

"It's just not the right time for me to be playing in Europe at this point," Campbell told's Joe Haggerty.

Campbell has been skating with other locked Bruins in Boston but is headed back to Ontario where he has been practicing with his former junior team, the Kitchener Rangers and former Bruin Dennis Wideman.

"It's a good practice with some good intensity and a nice group of kids, and it give you that feeling of going to the rink every day that's missing a little bit with the lockout," Campbell said.

Campbell hasn't completely closed off the possibility of going overseas if the entire 2012-2013 is canceled.

"You never know," Campbell said. "I guess things might change a little later down the line and it would be beneficial to play in some games if things start to happen around here quickly. But as of right now I'm staying in North America, and I'll just keep myself ready to play."

Campbell is joined by Tuukka Rask who has returned to Boston from HC Plzen in the Czech Republic. Rask, the expected No. 1 in net for the Bruins this season was dominant in the Czech Republic, going 6-2 with a 1.85 goals against average.

Tags: Andrew Ference, Boston, Boston Bruins, Gregory Campbell, Hockey, NHL

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