With the draft concluded, all eyes are set on the free agency frenzy. Christmas in July is what I would like to call it. The fireworks are about to begin and moves are about to be made. It is a crazy time for NHL rumours. Today we focus on the Boston Bruins. It is crystal clear that they need a centre. It has been reported that the team is negotiating with former Bruin David Krejci on a possible return to the NHL. David Krejci needs a new contract, and Don Sweeney is getting to work on bringing back the long-time centre.
David Krejci Could Return To Boston
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Rumour: Kevin Weekes Reports That The Boston Bruins Are Negotiating With David Krejci
Long time Boston Bruins centre is negotiating with Don Sweeney on an impending return to the team. After spending last season overseas playing in his home country, Czechia, he could be making a return to the Bruins. The Bruins currently have less than $3 million dollars in cap space, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. If the Bruins are serious about bringing back Krejci they are going to need to make some more moves to free up cap space.
The Bruins Should Give David Krejci A Contract
David Krejci has been a Boston Bruin his whole career, despite headed overseas. He was originally selected in the second round of the 2004 draft. In 962 career games, he has scored 215 goals, 515 assists, and 730 points. He also has 124 points in 156 playoff games.
For the better part of two decades, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have formed a 1-2 punch down the middle for Boston. Although they are getting older, it has been a recipe that has made the team successful over that time span. Bringing back Krejci makes sense for the team right now. Patrice Bergeron could be returning. The back end is solid minus the bottom pair. Goaltending is stable. The team is still in contention, so go for it all. While the cup window is almost closing, and the core that included Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask is all but gone the Bruins might be looking to take one last kick at the can before looking to re-build.
Why This Benefits The Player
If there was a glaring need for the Bruins during the playoffs, it was the second-line centre position. Erik Haula was practically a no-show in the series and the line got nothing going. David Krejci is an immediate upgrade at the position. The thought of a line that consists of David Krejci, Taylor Hall, and David Pastrnak is music to Bruins fans ears. Those would be the best wingers he has played with since Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.
Despite there being needy centre teams out there, such as the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes, staying in Boston makes the most sense. Being able to stay with the club that drafted you and spent your entire career with is ideally how he wants to finish. After the conclusion of the 2021 season upon that playoff exit, you could tell it was going home or staying in Boston. Krejci has the opportunity to return and bring a championship back.
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