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.