The Boston Bruins and first-line center David Krejci agreed to a six-year extension worth $43.5 million Wednesday. The extension will kick in during the 2015-2016 season. Krejci has been one of Boston’s top scorers over the years and has been an anchor alongside Milan Lucic.
While Krejci struggled during the Bruins 2014 playoffs run, his contract extension is more than justified. He failed to score a goal, while notching just four assists prior to being bounced by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the Eastern Conference semi-finals this past year though, his efforts over the past few seasons have been second to none.
During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup winning playoff-run, Krejci totaled 23 points. He scored 12 goals and added 11 assists in 25 games that year. The 28-year-old Czech Republic native has more than proved his worth. Krejci, alongside Patrice Bergeron, have led the way for Boston in recent years.
In 2013-2014, Krejci recored 19 goals and 50 assists. He ultimately led the NHL with a +39 rating, playing with Lucic and Jarome Iginla. His tremendous creativity and dead-eye playmaking ability proved worthy of such a lucrative deal.
Krejci had nine goals and 17 assists during the Bruins playoff run that ultimately fell short at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. His new deal ranks among goalie Tuukka Rask and Bergeron. With little doubt, Krejci has more than lived up to such a contract. He’s been one of the team’s most consistent players and statistical producers.
Ever since being named an alternate captain, Krejci has been an unsung leader on the ice and in the locker room. He works very hard and strives to win no matter what the situation is. Outside of Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, the Bruins could not ask for a better leader.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli viewed resigning Krejci as a major priority. His new six-year deal is an indication of that. Krejci will likely finish his career in black and gold.