In an offseason where David Bolland and Brooks Orpik each signed deals worth $5.5 million per season from the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals respectively, the Boston Bruins may have gotten the deal of the summer. The team inked star center David Krejci to a six-year deal worth $43 million a year before he could hit the market and receive offers that would surely be worth more money.
The Bruins have been one of the elite teams in the NHL since Krejci joined the team in 2007, and the Czech star has been a big reason why. The team has played in two Stanley Cup Final, winning the 2011 Cup and losing in 2013. In both Final runs, Krejci led not only the Bruins, but the entire league in postseason scoring. Despite a subpar 2014 postseason stat line, Krejci is without question one of the best playoff performers in the league.
Playing in a defense first system like the one used by Bruins coach Claude Julien has surely put a damper on Krejci’s regular season scoring output, but he is still a lock for 55-70 points every year. While his crafty playmaking and offensive play may make the headlines, it’s Krejci’s two-way game that makes him a value cog in the Bruins’ machine. Krejci led the league in plus/minus in 2009 and is among the league leaders in that category annually.
The contract defines the phrase win-win, as the money is less than Krejci would have gotten on the market and he gets to remain as a member of the Bruins and contend for the Stanley Cup for years to come. If the Bruins let this linger the discussion would have been an unnecessary distraction for the team and Krejci. With the contract out of the way, Krejci and the Bruins can focus on their ultimate goal of winning the 2015 Stanley Cup.