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David Krejci On Future With Bruins: ‘I Just Don’t Know Right Now.’

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Give longtime Boston Bruins center David Krejci credit; while his media scrums can be vague at times, they’re always honest.

Speaking in his end of the season media Zoom session recently, a clearly pensive and yet conflicted David Krejci laid it on the line when it comes to his future with the only NHL team he’s known since being drafted by the Boston Bruins 33rd overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“I talked to my parents, and they asked me. I can’t even give them a straight answer,” Krejci said Friday afternoon. “I just don’t know right now. I just don’t know.”

For the first time in his NHL career, David Krejci can become an unrestricted free agent. He just finished his 15th NHL season. He is coming off a six-year, $43.5 million extension he signed back in 2014. Krejci is seventh in assists (515) and games played (962) in Bruins franchise history. His 730 career points are the eighth-most in franchise history. As David Krejci pointed out, what he does from here with regards to his hockey career will not be based on money. Krejci, 35, also made it clear that if his NHL career is to continue, it will only do so with the Boston Bruins.

“It’s not about money,” he said. “I guess that’s all I can tell you: My next deal is not going to be based on money. Today, I can tell you, it’s not going to be about money. And at the same time, I just can’t see myself playing for a different team. We’ll see what happens I guess. I don’t even know. I talked to my parents, and they asked me, I can’t even give them a straight answer.”

Earlier in his career, David Krejci had hinted that he may consider finishing his career in his native Czech Republic and while his reasoning for that has changed, Krejci made it clear that is still an option should he and the Bruins decide to part ways.

“You guys write a lot that I wanted to finish my career in Czech, which has not changed,” Krejci admitted. “But when I said that, I was younger. I’m a husband. I’m a dad, I have two kids. They’re getting older. So yes, I still, at one point, would like to finish my career in Czech [but] for different reasons now than when I first said it. I would like my kids to speak my language because my parents don’t speak any English. My kids don’t speak Czech. I would like them to learn the language.

But again, when that’s going to happen, or if that’s going to happen, we’ll see. I’m going to try to get away from the game a little bit now and think about lots of things. Spend some time with my family and just go from there.”

The Bruins already waved goodbye to longtime captain Zdeno Chara last offseason and went with a youth movement on the blue line this past season. With a projected $30 million in salary-cap space this offseason, will they try and get younger up front too? They have enough money to do so externally and internally and will have to decide if Krejci still fits into their plans going forward. Unrestricted free agency starts July 28.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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The Bruins need to keep Krejci and definitely at a much lower price. He finally has linemates he can play with and it gives the Bruins a bonafide second line. Sign him and Hall and concentrate on finding players for the 3rd and 4th lines.

[…] Boston: David Krejci genuinely doesn’t know. He just doesn’t know what his long run holds or if he’ll be again with the Boston Bruins.  […]

[…] A lot of speculation has revolved around this unrestricted free agent. Don Sweeney noted in his conference call after day one of free agency that the veteran center is still debating his future. This leads us to believe that the ball is in Krejci’s court, especially after his end of season comments. Krejci spoke about the desire to eventually return home to play hockey in the Czech Republic. […]

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