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Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 2:13 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday morning that they have re-signed forward David Krejci to a three-year extension. This comes on the heels of the Anaheim Ducks firing head coach Randy Carlyle and replacing him with Bruce Boudreau.

How are these related, you ask? It was only speculation, but in the Bobby Ryan trade rumors, a swap with the Bruins involving Krejci was a popular rumor, so with the Carlyle firing it appears more like Ryan could be staying put. Thus, Krejci is for sure staying put in Boston.

Krejci's cap hit will be $5.25 million for the three seasons of his deal.

The salary on the deal is a bit high. He doesn't exactly scream $5 million-plus player, now does he? Seeing how Krejci hasn't matched his 2008-209 totals of 22 goals and 51 assists since, but he's still only 25 years old.

But I'll give GM Peter Chiarelli a little benefit of the doubt. Theoretically, this new contract extension will carry Krejci through his prime years, of which he is just entering.

Krejci's playoff performances probably helped, too. In 44 career playoff games Krejci has 19 goals and 25 assists, including 12 goals, 11 assists in last season's run to the Stanley Cup.

Chiarelli has done an excellent job building the Bruins for the future in addition to the now. By locking in Krejci for a few more seasons, the B's have the core of their team under contract for next season now. The biggest name unsigned for next season is Tuukka Rask, after that they are looking at Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk.

On top of it, according to Cap Geek, Chiarelli still has around $11 million to sign any of those players or wait until free agency and pick up some. He really has done a pretty masterful job not only building a Stanley Cup-quality team, but doing it in a financially responsible way. This Krejci deal might not fall completely in line with that, but he is capable of giving the Bruins about 60 points per season, so it's not a bad investment.

Make the grade: What does Chiarelli earn for this signing?

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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

Krejci has been behind his playoff pace this season, he hasn't been able to continue his momentum and as a result he's been seeing less and less ice time. Reading between the lines, I'd figure that he's threatened to jump to Russia if he didn't get a big contract. Boston needs him, and had little choice.
some of these posts amaze me......jump to Russia?? where did you ever hear that? id say thats not even close to true. why would he ever do that after winning a cup here in Boston?? thats just way off base.
less and less ice time?? are you even watching the Bruins??? Krejci plays on the first line with Lucic and Horton and he gets plenty of ice time, no one else centers that line and he also plays shorthanded.
He has got off to a slow start but wowwww how soon we forget, this guy was the BEST player in the playoffs last year, aside from Thomas, of course....leading the NHL in playoff scoring.
and some saying hes injury prone, how so??
he has played 75 or MORE games every year.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

Bobby Ryan for David Krejci would be a horrible trade. I don't think Bob Murray is that absent minded.

Krejci has been behind his playoff pace this season, he hasn't been able to continue his momentum and as a result he's been seeing less and less ice time. Reading between the lines, I'd figure that he's threatened to jump to Russia if he didn't get a big contract. Boston needs him, and had little choice.

At that price, I wouldn't be surprised to see him being shipped out though. I wouldn't be surprised to see him go to the Stars coz they have a new owner and quite a bit of cap space. Maybe the Stars will finally get rid of Toby Petersen ...



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

SCPB, I agree Marchand is worth his contract, I was surprised Chiarelli was able to sign him for that low after such a drawn out negotiation, that's why I was surprised Krecji got such a raise.    As far as d-men coming through the pike, there's only one that's on his way at maybe being a top 4 and that's Hamilton who still is a couple years from being an impact player, Kampfer has a low ceiling in many respects and won't be a huge addition if he solidifies a spot with the big club, and he's small.   I think there are plenty of role players coming up as forwards, but the blueline isn't going to get much help anytime soon from the system without moves.  

Given the strength up front and in net with Boston, I was surprised Chiarelli would commit such a cap hit at the forward position (to a non-physical player) so early in the year.    5.25 for 3 years could have waited a couple months I think. 



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

There is no way you can give the Bruins high marks for this. David Krejci's agent gets the A+. Good player, but 5 mil plus on a relatively short term is no bargain for the Bruins.....



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

Hockeybob .... 3 prime years  .. maybe a little overpaid as you say, but because it's only 3 years, that makes the deal well worth while.   As for Machand .. he's WELL WORTH the $2.5 mill per year.   Also ... the Bruins have lots of talented defenseman coming down the pike ... reloading will not be a problem.  The Bruins are very well positioned for a long time.  And I fully expect Savard's contract to come off the cap sooner or later, so we really had 7 mill to play with this season.   Next season it wouldn't surprise me to see Thomas traded as well to free up another $5 mill in the last year of his contract.   So for now, Bruins fans can enjoy this season .. but long term they can expect this nucleus to be successful for a very long time.  



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

I'd give it a  B+.  5.25 seems a little steep.  Great playmaker if he can stay healthy and get Horton to hit the net....



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

Undersized playmakers are among the most replaceable of the top line players in the league the next couple years.   He's sound defensively but his inability to win physical battles and the lack of goal scoring won't command much as much in a trade as the  5+ mil per year might suggest.      He's going to have to start winning more draws too.   Really nice player, but this contract is too rich for 3 years.   Better to soften the cap hit and go for 4 or 5 if he was deemed that vital to keep.     Not much downside to keeping him around besides health concerns, but overpaid is overpaid and after the Marchand contract, I'm surprise Chiarelli would overpay Krecji when he's going to have to start worrying about more extensions and a top 4 d-man or two after this season.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

You have to give this signing at least an A-   Krejci was crucial to the success of the playoffs last year and they year before (before he got injured).   He can be an absolute magician with the puck and really is the key component of the 1st line.   Inking him to a only a 3 year deal for $5.25 mill per for a kid heading into his prime is outstanding.  That said, I wouldn't mind trading him for Bobby Ryan, who is also signed for this season and the following 3 seasons at $5.1 mill per.   If anything, this signing clears the way for the trade to be made now that Krejci is locked up and no longer a threat not to resign with whomever he got traded to.  BOTH teams could benefit from this trade.  The Ducks get a centerman they could build around and the Bruins get the big Left Winger they have coveted for a while now that can also score.   Seguin would most likely be moved to the center spot on the 2nd line and Bergeron would move up to the 1st line if this were to go down.   Breaking up team chemistry would be a big risk, but in this case, I think the Bruins would only get better.   If the Bruins end up keeping Krejci, that's just as fine as well.  We've seen what he can do in the playoffs.  



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Bruins re-sign Krejci to three-year extension

I'd give it an A. It may be a little high, but considering his age and potential and how much he contributed in the playoffs last year, along with the fact the Bruins are in good shape financially, it's a pretty sound investment.


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