Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team

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Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team

Bruins center David Krejci spent the first three months of the hockey season playing in his native Czech Republic during the NHL lockout, but those days are over for now. Krejci confirmed to CSNNE.com in an email that his contract has run out with the HC Pardubice team he played on from October-December. Now hes simply watching and waiting to see what happens with the lockout just like everybody else.

Krejci will remain in the Czech Republic for the present time, and then make a decision once things resolved in the next few weeks. The 26-year-old playmaking pivot will obviously head to Boston if the NHL and NHLPA can hammer a new CBA out in the next two weeks prior to potential 2013 NHL regular season cancellation. It also remains a consideration that Krejci will remain playing in the Czech Republic if the entire NHL season is bagged.

My contract is done, but Im still in Czech for now, said Krejci to CSNNE.com. Im waiting for whats going to happen with the NHL in the next couple of weeks.

Krejci finished with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for Pardubice along with a plus-3 rating, and is one of 13 Bruins that traveled to Europe this season while attempting to stay sharp during the NHL lockout.

Krejci is entering the first year of a three-year contract extension that will pay him 5.25 million per season, and is coming off a career-high 23 goals scored for the Bruins last season. Patrice Bergeron is similarly finished with his contract playing for HC Lugano in the Swiss A League and will headed back to North America after participating in the European Spengler Cup tournament this week.

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

The Patriots and Raiders and neck-and-neck as the race for home field in the AFC turns for home. And, with four games left, the Raiders are ahead by a nose. The tiebreakers between the 10-2 teams in play currently? Common games followed by strength of victory. 

The first tiebreaker – conference record – is a deadlock as both teams are 7-1 in the AFC (the Brady-less Patriots lost to the Bills back in Week 4.

After conference record, it's the teams record in common games. 

PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10

So far in common games with the Texans and Bills, the Patriots have gone 2-1 and the Raiders have gone 2-0. The Patriots play the Ravens next week. Oakland beat them. The Patriots play Denver after that. Oakland beat them as well but have one more game against Denver in Week 17.

So if it comes down to common games the Patriots really need to win these next two games.

Or hope the Raiders stub their toe a time or two in their final four games which are at the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos with a home game against Indy in Week 16.

As for strength of victory, that too goes to Oakland at this point. The Raiders’ strength of victory is at .471. The Patriots’ is at .370.

But the tiebreaker that kicks in after conference record and before strength of victory – common games – is very much unresolved.The remaining picture as it stands right now? The Ravens are the No. 3 seed with a 7-5 record that leads the AFC North. The Texans’ 6-6 record is good enough to lead the AFC South. The 9-3 Chiefs are the top Wild Card. The 8-4 Broncos are the No. 6 seed.

The Patriots play the Ravens and Broncos over the next two weeks. Currently, the Dolphins (7-5) and Steelers (7-5) are on the outside looking in.

The Titans (6-6) will have a chance to get even with the Texans in Week 17 in head-to-head matchups but they host Denver and play at Kansas City the next two weeks so they have obstacles to clear before they get there.