David Krejci is entering the final year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract and, according to WEEI.com, the Bruins have had "casual conversations" about an extension for their top-line center.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has tried to get deals done with would-be free agents before they enter their walk years, as he did with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara.
Krejci, 28, had 19 goals and 50 assists in the regular season, but the normally strong playoff performer had no goals and four assists this past postseason.
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins have had “casual discussions” with David Krejci‘s camp about a contract extension for the first-line center. Krejci, 28, is entering the final year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.
The source said there is an expectation that talks will accelerate in the near future. Historically, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has tried to get deals with his franchise players done before they enter their contract years. Chiarelli did it prior to the 2010-11 season, when he locked up free-agents-to-be Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, and last summer, when he signed Bergeron to an eight-year extension.
Krejci’s current contract was signed during his contract year, as Krejci was months away from restricted free agency when the B’s gave him the three-year pact in December of 2011.