Goalie Tuukka Rask and forward Rich Peverley on Monday became the latest members of the Bruins who will play in Europe during the NHL lockout, according to multiple reports.
Rask, 25, slated to replace Tim Thomas as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie this season, will sign with HC Plzen of the Czech Republic. Peverley will sign with JYP Jyvaskyla in Finland.
Bruins already committed to play overseas during the lockout now include Rask, Peverley, David Krejci (Czech Republic), Tyler Seguin (Swiss Elite League), Dennis Seidenberg (Germany), and Anton Khudobin (KHL, Russia).
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron told ESPNBoston.com on Monday that he is still exploring his options and hasn’t decided yet whether to play elsewhere. Defenseman Shawn Thornton said he plans to join a foreign team during the lockout but is still undecided on which one.
Rask played in 23 games last season, finishing with an 11-8-3 record, .929 save percentage, and 2.05 goals-against average. In June, he signed a one-year contract with the Bruins worth $3.5 million and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season.
“He wanted to play in a top league, and Plzen is a great hockey town,” his agent, Bill Zito, told USA Today.
A face-to-face meeting between top officials from the NHL and NHL Players’ Association in Toronto wasn’t enough to break their labor stalemate.
The sides spent almost five hours together going over accounting for last season, but didn’t emerge with any plan to resume negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement to end the lockout. The topic wasn’t even raised, according to representatives from each group.
Nine days into the lockout, negotiations remain on hold with owners and players entrenched in their positions.
‘‘Obviously, we’ve got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it’s important to get the talks going again,’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. ‘‘But you also have to have something to say. I think it’s fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players’ association in a meaningful way because I don’t think that they’ve really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago.’’
Steve Fehr, the NHLPA’s special counsel, declined comment following the meeting. NHLPA head Donald Fehr and commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t attend the meeting, but were expected to see each other at an NHL alumni dinner Monday night.
The sides last sat down together on Sept. 12, when the union presented a proposal that was countered by the league. Neither offer moved talks closer to an agreement, and the NHL locked out the players three days later.
Not only are the sides far apart on financial issues — they are roughly $1 billion apart based on the latest proposals — but they have also failed to find agreement on the process.
While the league has remained adamant about the need for the sides to discuss only the economic system that governs the sport, the union has said it would be willing to continue negotiations on the other aspects of the agreement that need to be worked out.
In the meantime, players have started predicting it will be another prolonged lockout. Rangers forward Rick Nash told a Swiss reporter last week that the work stoppage could last an entire year, and Red Wings forward Danny Cleary repeated that sentiment after an informal skate on Monday.
‘‘Just trying to be realistic,’’ Cleary told the Detroit Free Press. ‘‘I think the league is waiting for us to make the move, and we’re waiting for them to move. So someone has to move. And I don’t see it coming from our end.
‘‘We’ve given them a couple of good options that they can work with, and they, obviously, feel it’s not good enough.’’