Johnny Boychuk signed with Austria’s EC Salzburg on Friday, becoming the 11th Bruins player to join a European team during the NHL lockout. Gerry Johannson, Boychuk’s agent, confirmed the signing. Boychuk is the only Bruin to sign with an Austrian club.
Boychuk, who lives in Edmonton during the offseason, was one of the first Bruins to return to Boston in August, participating in Milan Lucic’s charity softball game Aug. 22. When the lockout began, Boychuk remained in Boston, skating alongside teammates and local NHLers.
Last year, Salzburg employed short-time Bruins goalie Marty Turco. The team currently features ex-Bruins netminder Alex Auld.
Current NHLers David Clarkson and Tobias Enstrom played for Salzburg this season. Both left the team following the European break earlier this month and are back in North America.
This would have been the first season of Boychuk’s three-year, $10.1 million extension. The 28-year-old defenseman is coming off a season in which he had five goals and 10 assists in 77 games.