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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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: