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Cassidy Clarifies Timing Of Krejci’s Decision To Leave Bruins

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There has been plenty of speculation on when Boston Bruins General Manager  Don Sweeney knew for sure that longtime center David Krejci was not going to return to the Boston Bruins for at least part of the 2021-22 NHL regular season.

Speaking in a radio interview Tuesday on TSN 1200 in his native city of Ottawa, Boston Bruins head coach shed a little more light on the time frame of Krejci’s decision-making process.

“He came to us at the end of the year and he was very upfront with us,” Cassidy said of Krejci’s decision. “He’s got two young kids. His wife is American but he hasn’t seen his parents in a long long time or his brother. So, he said ‘Listen, I’m going home and it may extend into the season.

So, he kind of left it at that and obviously met with Donny a month later and decided that he was going to follow through on that. So, he’s going to play in his own country; his kids are young and he wants them to get to know his family and try to learn the language, et cetera. Those things are very important to him and we support him 100-percent in that.”

Based on that, Sweeney and his Boston Bruins staff knew there was a very strong possibility that Krejci, 35, was headed back to his native Czech Republic for an extended stay that could become a permanent one. Or as Cassidy reminded TSN 1200 Morning hosts Shawn Simpson, Lee Versage, and Matt Hamer, (and as Don Sweeney told the media last week), Krejci still could lace em up for the Boston Bruins this coming season.

“He did not close the door on returning back,” Cassidy pointed out. “I don’t know if that will happen or when it will happen at all, but he didn’t say I’m retiring and done from the National Hockey League. So, that’s good news for us in the sense that maybe in a couple of months, he’ll feel satisfied with what he needed to do, or maybe not.”

As Cassidy also pointed out, rather than tie their cap space up in just one player to fill the second line center void Krejci left behind, Sweeney decided to go the depth route for the 2021-22 Boston Bruins. On the opening day of unrestricted free agency, Sweeney went on a spending spree and signed three new forwards that can all play center and wing. Veteran forwards Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, and Tomas Nosek will be part of a bottom-nine center committee that will also include Charlie Coyle and Jack Studnicka.

“So we’re going to go about our business. Donny signed some free agents; we added some depth,” Cassidy went on. “We have a good young player in Studnicka; Charlie Coyle could move up. So we’ll see where we can fill that hole and see where David’s at a little later here in the season.”

As for Krejci and the Boston Bruins, there are no hard feelings, and the immense respect Cassidy, the Bruins, and Krejci hold for each other will always remain intact.

“We’ll miss him as a guy,” Cassidy said acknowledging the respect Krejci had from his teammates and peers. “He was a great guy, great teammate, very quiet. Kind of dis it under the radar; great playoff performer. …but that’s hockey. We’ve moved on from a few guys that have been around the last couple of years here and you just have to go on and keep building your roster. Circle of life so to speak. Bring in the new guys, identify their place and give them more responsibility and just try to keep winning.”

 

 

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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MIKE SCAFIDI

SO KRECH MADE THE DECISION THAT THE B’S WOULD HAVE TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES WHILE HE LIVED HIS LIFE. SHAME ON SWEENY FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE PROACTIVE TO ACQUIRE A LEGIT CENTER WHEN THE GETTING WAS GOOD!!!! THERE WERE ENOUGH OF THEM THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SIGNED AND IF & WHEN KRECH DECIDED HE WANTED TO COME BACK, SWEENY COUL HAVE WEIGHED OUT THE PROCESS AS TO WHO WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE TEAM.

Rick W Murray

Fire sweeney

Orrfan

And so…now Sweeney should be fired. Period. You lose a center like Krejci and fill the void with bit players? That has to be te worst decision of Sweeney’s career. And that’s saying a LOT.

Orrfan

And the Bruins are dangling the prospect of Krejci coming back to try to mitigate the response from the fanbase. Yeah. Not buying it guys. SWEENEY HAS TO GO!!!

Orrfan

How do any of them expect the Bruins to limp through next season without a legitimate 2nd line center? Nobody would expect Sweeney and Co. to replace a time-warping wizard like David Krejci. But an actual 2nd line center…is that too much to ask?
Fire Don Sweeney!!!

Orrfan

…and in case anyone is wondering what a 2nd line center looks like…IT AIN’T CHARLIE COYLE

Robert

I’m Czech and as a Czech I like Krech’s decision to come back home, because now I can see him LIVE in our hockey arenas. BUT! As the man, who also runs Bruins fans page, I hope he’ll be back in Bruins jersey next season……. Only now, this season, we all will see what a valuable player he is ……..

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We’ll see alright

Look the fact of the matter is this guy has hit over 70 points one time in his entire life, so for all the talk about how “underrated” he was, The guy was quite literally the highest paid player on the Bruins for almost a decade 😂. He’s so much more replaceable than the average fan thinks. I’m not trying to downplay his scale but seriously guys that production is flat out replaceable. Screw him for going back to hang out on his yacht instead of playing another couple MONTHS

Pure comfort and convenience

Why do they act like Krejci some type of hero for choosing to go home and chill on his boat out of pure financial convenience and comfort? It’s not like his kids were going to die if he spent like… six more months playing in the national hockey league guys. I’m honestly mad he just dipped out on the team and it sounds like he was even more vague about it than we thought so honestly thanks David enjoy your nice easy retirement while we struggle through the final year of our cup window without you

Pure comfort and convenience

Are you guys even reading the article? Krejci was vague. He said he was going back and that it might extend into the season and he left it at that. It sounds to me like he didn’t *explicitly* tell them he was up and leaving until around the END. Sounds like he gave them a heads up but he didn’t give them a definitive answer until after Don had made the signings? Lol people should be pissed at this guy for just dipping out. Stop acting like he’s some type of hero for going back with his family when they… Read more »

Sweeney didn’t know for sure

You people shouldn’t be mad at Sweeney he did what he could without knowing for a fact that crate she was going to be gone. Would you really prefer that he goes out and gets a real to center like Sean Monahan and then we’re stuck with two second line centers? No you can’t do that that’s why he stacked the team with a bunch of third liners in case anyone was wondering. They stack the team with a bunch of third line centers that have the potential on the best day of their life to play as a second… Read more »

Michael D Leavitt

Sweeney clearly dropped the ball here when he didn’t fill the 2C spot, and Coyle clearly is not even a good 3C at this point.

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