If you have not already heard the Bruins have given first line center David Krejci a 6 year extension worth 43.5 million dollars heading into the last season of his current contract. The contract breaks down to 7.25 million the first 2 years then 7.5 million the next 2 and 7 million in the final 2 years for an average cap hit of 7.25 million. This is something Bruins management has done with other key players like Chara and Bergeron most recently preventing their stars from entering the free agent bidding war. The good news is this keeps the price down on the player and shows that the team is committed to them and wants them around. Krejci has not always felt the love from the Bruins fans as his sometimes inconsistent play led to several trade rumors in the past few years being connected to deals for Keith Yandle and Bobby Ryan most notably. It looks like the Bruins are putting those rumors to bed finally and showing Krejci how important he is to this team.
Krejci was the Bruins second round pick number 63 overall in the 2004 draft. After his last QMJHL season finished with him scoring 81 points in just 55 games getting almost an assist per game with 54 it was clear early on that Krejci could pass. His passing skills easily translated into his first AHL season in which he finished with 43 assists and 31 goals for 74 points in 69 games. In his first major NHL season in 2007-08 Krejci played in 56 games scoring a total of 27 points which was not bad for a rookie but his next season would be his best to date. In the 08-09 season Krejci set his still career high in points and assists with 73 points and 51 assists. Krejci would finish second on the Bruins in points and has not finished worse then third since then leading the team 3 times. Having Savard was clearly a big reason why Krejci was able to put up his numbers the season before because in the 09-10 season Savard would go down with a concussion and the Bruins as a whole would struggle to score with Krejci tied for the team lead with 52 points. In the 2010-11 season inconsistent play would lead to a 62 point season for Krejci in which he would show flashes of brilliance but then go on a streak of disappearing in games. In the playoff however Krejci would put his stamp on his Bruins career leading the team to the Stanley Cup scoring 23 points in 25 games including 4 game winning goals and if not for a historic performance by Tim Thomas he would have likely been the Conn Smythe winner. The 2011-12 regular season was much of the same from the year before and it had some fans losing their patients after seeing the talent Krejci possessed but only seeing another 62 point total. Unfortunately his playoff performance was also lacking as he was only able to score 3 points in a 7 game loss to the Capitals. It was at this time that the rumor mill started going at full force as fans grew tired of waiting for Krejci to take that next step but management stayed the course and saw Krejci respond with 33 points in the lockout shortened season. Once again management reaped the rewards of keeping Krejci in the playoffs as the Bruins made it all the way to the finals being carried offensively by 26 points in 22 games from Krejci unfortunately it was not enough to overcome Chicago. This now leads us into last season in which Krejci had his best regular season since the 08-09 season finishing with 69 points and a career best plus 39 rating.
Krejci has had his ups and downs for the Bruins and in the prime of his career it's only looking like it's going to get better. This upcoming season instead of the power forward Nathan Horton or the aging great Jerome Iginla Krejci will have an in his prime Loui Eriksson. Eriksson is the most talented player Krejci will have ever had on his line with three 70 plus point seasons and now fully healthy this is going to be a career year for Krejci. Many people do not realize the amount of talent Krejci possesses simply because of the line mates he has had over the years. Turing Milan Lucic into a 30 goal scorer helping a 36-37 year old Iginla score 30 goals turning Horton into a coveted first line power forward. These players would not be where they are today without Krejci feeding them the puck. He possesses elite passing skills and vision along with the patience needed to wait for just the right moment to make a play. If Krejci was not on the Bruins and played for a more offensively minded team he would be in the same air as a Nicklas Backstrom or Jumbo Joe as one of the leagues premier passers. I look forward to watching Krejci finish his career in a Bruins uniform and I hope that management continues to put actual first line talent on his wings because for the next few years he could very well be a point per games player. I know I promised a fantasy sleepers article in my last one but I had to report on this first so coming up next will be the fantasy article unless a trade or big signing comes. So remember keep checking back here for all the latest news and updates on all your favorite teams.