Finally some action! TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins have signed center David Krejci to a 6 year extension worth $43.5 million ($7.25 Million per season). This is some pretty surprising news given the fact that Torey Krug and Reilly Smith have yet to receive deals for the upcoming training camp which starts in roughly two weeks.
Over the last several seasons, Krejci has developed into the B’s best offensive player. Ever since his arrival in Boston, he has been in the team’s top five scorers over the last five seasons, and led the team in points last year with 19 goals, 50 assists, and a +39 in 80 games.
David Krejci has also been the Bruins’ most potent (last season excluded) playoff performer during the last 4-5 years where they have been legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Both years the B’s went to the finals, he led the NHL in playoff points.
The extension also makes Krejci the highest paid member of the B’s.
While the contract figures may seem really big in comparison to Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask; he would have gotten more if he had hit the market following next season. In fact, he could have gotten upwards of $8-8.5 million on a desperate club seeking a proven big game center. Teams always overpay on free agent day. Think I am crazy? Ask Benoit Pouliot.
Another thing to keep in mind is the expected salary cap rise for the 2015-15 NHL season. It is expected to go upwards of $75-76 million. If the cap keeps rising going forward, this deal could become a bargain.
With this extension, the Boston Bruins’ have locked up the two cornerstones to their offensive attack (Bergeron and Krejci) through the year 2021. This is a team built on its depth down the middle, and both of these players exemplify the team’s strong focus on transition, puck possession, and all three zones proficiency.
David Krejci has played his whole career with the Boston Bruins, has a Stanley Cup to his credit, and has competed in two Olympic games as a member of the Czech Republic. He has 110 goals, 268 assists, and a +97 in 504 NHL regular season games, and 29 goals, 48 assists, and a +28 in 93 playoff games.
The extension will keep Krejci in a Bruins’ sweater through the 2020-21 season.
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