Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team

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Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team

Bruins center David Krejci spent the first three months of the hockey season playing in his native Czech Republic during the NHL lockout, but those days are over for now. Krejci confirmed to CSNNE.com in an email that his contract has run out with the HC Pardubice team he played on from October-December. Now hes simply watching and waiting to see what happens with the lockout just like everybody else.

Krejci will remain in the Czech Republic for the present time, and then make a decision once things resolved in the next few weeks. The 26-year-old playmaking pivot will obviously head to Boston if the NHL and NHLPA can hammer a new CBA out in the next two weeks prior to potential 2013 NHL regular season cancellation. It also remains a consideration that Krejci will remain playing in the Czech Republic if the entire NHL season is bagged.

My contract is done, but Im still in Czech for now, said Krejci to CSNNE.com. Im waiting for whats going to happen with the NHL in the next couple of weeks.

Krejci finished with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for Pardubice along with a plus-3 rating, and is one of 13 Bruins that traveled to Europe this season while attempting to stay sharp during the NHL lockout.

Krejci is entering the first year of a three-year contract extension that will pay him 5.25 million per season, and is coming off a career-high 23 goals scored for the Bruins last season. Patrice Bergeron is similarly finished with his contract playing for HC Lugano in the Swiss A League and will headed back to North America after participating in the European Spengler Cup tournament this week.

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere. 

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

The NFL Network revealed the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished in the No. 1 spot.

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

Several Patriots players made the cut on this year's list: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Brady was also voted in as the No. 1 player back in 2011.