Thursday, December 1, 2011
Busy Thirsty Thursday For The B's: Krejci Extended Through 2014-15 Season
A day after scoring a goal and assisting on two others against Toronto, David Krejci signed a three-year extension ($5.25 million per season) today which keeps the Finals standout in Black and Gold through 2014-15.
Krejci, who has missed some time this season, has 13 points in 20 games and is an overall -2. Still only 25-years-old, Krejci is the latest of the current Bruins to be rewarded with extensions recently as Rich Peverley, Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid have all agreed to deals since winning the Stanley Cup.
This speaks to the new Bruins philosophy of developing talent in a set system, breeding them into solid NHL players and locking them up before they get a chance to test the free agent waters.
The entire hockey world saw what Krejci did last in the postseason. Shit if it wasn't for Tim Thomas, Krejci would probably have his name on the Conn Smythe right now. Let's face it, the Bruins are doing as good a job as I can remember balancing the need to build for the future while winning in the present.
And with each potential cornerstone player they resign, that championship window isn't closing anytime soon. Krejci can be maddeningly inconsistent in the regular season but there's no arguing that he's a big game player that is at his best in the playoffs and in the games that really matter. Plus, other than Tyler Seguin, he has the best offensive skill set on this team and he's a natural center.
In other Bruins news, Thomas received the NHL's number 1 star for his perfect November (9-0-0, 1.76 goals against average and .941 save percentage) while Steven Kampfer and Jordan Caron were sent down to Providence. They're expected to be in the Baby B's lineup tomorrow night. This only means that Boston's front office wanted them to get some playing time; they'll probably be back to TD Garden although it will be in the Press Box again. Benoit Pouliot is earning his minutes now.