Krejci headed back to Czech Republic for lockout

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Krejci headed back to Czech Republic for lockout

CAMBRIDGE David Krejci confirmed that reports out of Europe are true, and hell be leaving in the next couple of weeks for his Czech Republic home. Krejci is close to a final agreement with Pardubice to play within a 90-minute drive of his Sternbrek hometown, and expects to leave Boston by this weekend or next week to begin playing in his native Czech.

Im going to play back in the Czech, said Krejci. The deal isnt 100 percent done yet, but Ill be playing for Pardubice.

According to a report out of the Czech Republic, the final hang-up is on the insurance policy that the team must take out for Krejci in case he suffers an injury while playing in Europe. The 25-year-old Czech Republic center could be joining Ales Hemsky on the Pardubice club as Hemskys father is the general manager of the club.

Krejci told CSNNE.com last week that he had interest from multiple Czech Extra League teams, and has narrowed it down to a pair before deciding on Pardubice as his final choice.

"I always thought Id go back to the Czech Republic to end my career. I never thought it would be when I was 26 years old," said Krejci to CSNNE.com last week while discussing his plans in the face of a long lockout. "A few teams have already contacted me from the Czech Republic. I would definitely go there. I wouldnt go to any other countries. There are so many things that go into picking a team."

The playmaking pivot said he wanted to at least wait through the rest of this week to see if any distance can be bridged in CBA talks between the NHL and the NHLPA as many of the European Bruins players have used as their mindset over the next few weeks and then hed be off to his home country. Krejci never got a chance to play in the elite Czech Republic league as a teenager because he opted to play for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior League before being drafted by the Bruins.

As with most players that retreat to Europe during NHL work stoppages, Seidenberg is expected to have an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to North America when the NHL regular season begins.

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins were supposed to hit the ice for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday following their empty 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon, but those plans were scrubbed.

The reeling Black and Gold instead cancelled practice, with only Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zane McIntyre taking the ice at Warrior Ice Arena and the rest of the B’s hitting the giant reset button after an embarrassing loss.

“I think it’s one of those [things] where you’ve got to regroup and recharge the batteries, and feel better,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Maybe a little bit of fatigue was part of it [Monday vs. the Isles] and you use a day like today to look forward, look at videos and be better the next day. It happens today and we have another game tomorrow [against Detroit].”

While it is true that the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have played more games than anybody else in the NHL in this wacky season with a condensed schedule, the B’s leaders weren’t having it as an excuse with both the Maple Leafs and Senators holding an incredible six games in hand on Boston. Blown opportunities against bad opponents are exactly the recipe for missing the playoffs, as they have in each of the past two seasons, and the Bruins are tracking to do that again.

“All of the teams are in the same situation. It’s about managing and finding ways to be at your best every night and in every game. Yes, maybe [the condensed schedule] is part of it, but you can’t just put the blame on that. We’re professionals and we need to show up every game.”

The Bruins didn’t show up against the Islanders on Monday afternoon and basically pulled their second no-show vs. the Isles on home ice this season. There’s no excuse for that given the B’s current situation battling for the postseason. 

Maybe a day off the ice will improve that situation and maybe it’s simply rewarding a team that didn’t earn it on Monday afternoon, but the B’s have to hope it’s much more of the former than the latter. 

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Hershey Star Wars jerseys raise big bucks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while feeling like Felicity Jones could have been a little better on SNL last weekend. It didn’t feel like it was the right platform for her and she was just straight reading the cue cards in her monologue.  

*Congrats to the Hershey Bears, who raised over $42,000 for charity with their Empire-inspired Star Wars jerseys from last weekend.

*When Bruins winger Brad Marchand begins to score his value goes way, way up, according to TSN stat maven Scott Cullen.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington wants the Buffalo Sabres to get into “attack mode” rather than the passive mode they’ve been in for some time.

*A discussion about the NHL trade deadline and which players are likely to get moved still weeks and weeks away from that deadline.

*The Winnipeg Jets are searching for answers after another loss, and have called upon Ondrej Pavelec in a move of desperation.

*Funny commercial with Brent Burns and Joe Thornton, who have to be the ultimate bosom, bearded buddies in the NHL.

*For something completely different: as the next Lando, Donald Glover understands why the character is vital to the Star Wars universe.