Krejci focused on upcoming season, not contract


Krejci focused on upcoming season, not contract

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- David Krejci knows hes entering the final season of his contract with the Bruins. He also knows both Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron were handed extensions last season in the same situation during training camp.

So the crafty, creative center cant be blamed if hes expecting a similar, welcomed fate over the next weeks. But if so, hes leaving it completely up to agent Larry Kelly and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

A hockey source indicated the two sides have quietly opened extensions talks over the last few weeks, but Krejci has the Hear no rumors, see no rumors philosophy going until there is something ready for him to sign.

The first time I heard about it was when I saw on the internet that theyve opened discussions," he said Friday. "That was the first time Id heard about it. I wasnt thinking about it at all this summer. Im not going to be talking about it this season either. Im just going to have a good year, help the team get to the playoffs. Thats where my mind is right now.

The 25-year-old Krejci had a solid 62-point regular season in 2010 with productive bursts sprinkled into some bouts of coasting through the long year, but the Czech Republic native turned it on in the postseason. Hes always been a big game player and he responded by leading the entire playoff field with 12 postseason goals and 10 even strength strikes in 25 games. That two-month offensive show, combined with his relative youth, should reward him handsomely in his new deal, and it seems a no-brainer that any extension will be in the neighborhood of Patrice Bergerons three-year, 15 million contract signed in Prague last fall.

With Marc Savard out of the picture this season, Krejci becomes the undisputed center on Bostons top line and a player that can hopefully grow into a bit more of a threat on the power play as he gains more confidence and experience.

That will certainly be justified on both sides, but Krejci will simply be letting his play do the talking until that point. It worked around his last three-year, 11.25 million contract extension signed with the Bruins, and theres little reason to mess with whatever works for the top line pivot.

I told agent Larry Kelly to leave me alone. He knows that from my other contract, said Krejci. Im going to be focused for a good start, and what happens, happens.

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Bergeron makes Bruins history with fourth Selke Trophy

Bergeron makes Bruins history with fourth Selke Trophy

Patrice Bergeron made hockey history on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards Show in easily the best moment of the evening for the Bruins.

That’s right. Boston’s beloved No. 37 won the fourth Selke Trophy of his career at the NHL Awards presentation recognizing the standouts from the 2016-17 season, and in doing so Bergeron became only the second player in NHL history (Bob Gainey) to win the defensive award in four different seasons. The Habs legend Gainey made the presentation of the award to No. 37 at the event, and it certainly felt like the passing of the Selke baton from the best defensive forward of the last generation to the best defensive forward of this generation.  

“I’m humbled. It’s a huge honor. It’s also a huge honor to get [the award] from Mr. Gainey. He’s somebody I looked up to and he was a great role model for kids when I was growing up,” said Bergeron. “It’s a huge honor that I couldn’t do without everybody back home in Boston.”

This particular award had to be extra sweet for the 31-year-old Bergeron after playing injured for the entire season while battling through the discomfort of a sports hernia, and in doing so helping to lead the improving B’s back into the playoffs.

Clearly, Bergeron’s teammates were pumped for him as Brad Marchand tweeted out a little line love after the awards were announced.

Bergeron was the NHL's busiest player in the face-off circle for the third consecutive season, leading the league with 1,812 draws and 1,089 winning face-offs. His draw winning percentage of 60.1% ranked third in the NHL, and he did so while continuing to score high in the puck-possession statistical categories across the league. Bergeron finished with 71 first place votes ahead of second place Ryan Kesler, and third place Mikko Koivu with 28 first place votes.

In the other good news department, Bergeron told reporters in Las Vegas that he’s feeling good physically following surgery and should be healthy and ready to go at the start of next season. 

Bruins lose Colin Miller in expansion draft

Bruins lose Colin Miller in expansion draft

In a move that shouldn’t surprise many, the Bruins have lost defenseman Colin Miller in the expansion draft to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. 

Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the selection, which will be announced Wednesday night. 

A fifth-round pick of the Kings in the 2012 draft, Miller was traded to the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal after his second professional season. A strong skater with a heavy slap shot, Miller came to Boston having won both the fastest skater and hardest shot competitions in the 2015 AHL All-Star Skills competition. 

Though Miller’s skill-set still makes him a very promising player, he’s yet to develop into an NHL regular due to difficulties in decision-making. The 24-year-old was left exposed in the expansion draft as the B’s opted to protect 29-year-old Kevan Miller instead. 

Though Miller was selected by Vegas, it is not guaranteed he will remain with the team. Another team could trade for him, with Miller and Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas going back to Miller’s OHL days in Sault Ste. Marie, where Dubas was the team’s GM.