According to a report out of the Czech Republic, David Krejci has agreed to a six year contract extension with the Bruins.
Former Bruins defenseman and TSN analyst Aaron Ward is reporting that the deal will pay the playmaking center $43.5 million.
The $7.25 million cap hit would put him slightly above the pay scale of Patrice Bergeron ($6.5 million), Zdeno Chara ($6.9 million) and Tuukka Rask ($7 million) to make him the highest paid Bruins player on an average annual value basis. The salary number isn’t a surprise given the rising salary cap and the big money extensions handed out to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews earlier this season, and guarantees that the Bruins will keep together a roster built around their top two frontline centers for the majority of the next decade.
Both the B’s organization and Krejci haven’t yet confirmed the contract extension to CSNNE.com, but it was fully expected that the B’s would work something out with their top line pivot prior to the season. The 28-year-old Krejci was entering the final season of a three-year contract extension signed during the 2011-12 season, a deal perhaps hastened by Krejci admitting that the contract talks were becoming a distraction to him during the season.
Krejci is coming off one of his best regular seasons: he produced 19 goals and 69 points along with an NHL-best plus-39 during the regular season, but cooled off in the playoffs with just four assists in 12 games along with a minus-3 rating. A big part of Krejci’s value to the Bruins is in his responsible two-way play, and his ability to elevate his game during the playoffs where he’s led the NHL playoff field in scoring each of the last two times the Bruins made it to the Cup Final.