Krejci's move to HC Pardubice of Czech League now official

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Krejci's move to HC Pardubice of Czech League now official

David Krejci confirmed weeks ago that hed be playing with HC Pardubice of the Czech League, but the deal was being hung up by insurance costs that are preventing many NHL players from jumping to Europe.

Pardubice GM Petr Hemsky finally confirmed the deal as officially done Wednesday on the teams web site, and Krejci should be finally headed to his home country of the Czech Republic by this weekend at the latest. The Pardubice home arena is within 90 minutes of Krejcis hometown, and gives him the unique opportunity to play in front of family and friends for the first time since he was a teenager.

According to TSN analyst and former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, the price for Krejcis insurance policy to protect him in case of injury while playing in Europe was in the neighborhood of 240,000. Krejcis pricey contract extension was set to kick in for the 2012-13 season, and contributed largely to the eye-popping insurance policy for the playmaking center.

The Bs center is the ninth Boston player to head overseas while the NHL is in lockout mode, and Krejci joins Ales Hemsky and Jakub Kindl as exiled NHL players skating for the Czech League team.

As with other Bruins players Krejci has an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to Boston when the NHL lockout is finally over.

The nine Bs players signed by EuropeanKHL teams include Krejci, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Zdeno Chara, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.