The Boston Bruins and forward David Krejci have agreed to a six-year, $43.5 million extension according to an announcement from the club. Krejci's new deal will kick in in 2015-16 and comes with a no-move clause in years one through four and limited no-trade clause in the last two years of the deal according to Aaron Ward of TSN. The new deal will take his annual cap hit to $7.25 million.
Krejci's new deal comes as the Bruins are extremely tight to the cap for this season. This deal won't have any impact on the coming year, but it could lead to some headaches down the road as other players' deals expire. That said, the Bruins now have another member of their core group locked down for the next seven years.
Also of note, after next year, Krejci will be the highest-paid Bruin in terms of cap hit.
Over 504 career games in the NHL, all with Boston, Krejci has 378 points. He put up 69 points in 80 games last season. He also averaged a career-high 19:09 per game.
The Czech Republic native has also been a strong postseason performer with 77 points in 93 career playoff contests. He was the Bruins' leading scorer for both of the team's recent runs to the Stanley Cup Final as well.
Krejci is 28 years old, meaning he'll be under contract until he's 36. He is a dynamic playmaker and has finished each of the last three 82-game seasons with no less than 62 points.
The Bruins still have to figure out a way to stay cap compliant for the coming season while also working on deals to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Considering the work that needs to be done on the restricted free agents, the timing of the Krejci extension is a tad questionable as the team doesn't have everything pinned down for next season.
The new deal also could fuel rumors about the futures of some Bruins with tradable contracts like that of defenseman Johnny Boychuk. The team is going to have to shed salary at some point, you'd have to think.
There's a lot to sort out in Boston over these coming weeks and even over the next few years, but one guy who won't have to worry about a thing is David Krejci.