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BRIGHTON, MA – It’s totally understandable if Boston Bruins are watching the IIHF World Championships like kids with their faces pressed up against the store-window glass that can’t wait to have that new toy on the shelves.

Sure, B’s fans are watching with curiosity as Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark are playing for Team USA and Team Sweden respectively, but it’s more about what’s happening with Team Czech Republic where David Krejci and David Pastrnak are working their magic in international play.

They teamed up for a goal in Thursday’s blowout win over Latvia that set the social media world on fire with Boston Bruins fans hoping they might see that in Black and Gold next season after Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the door is still open for a possible Krejci return.

“Not recently,” said Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney, when asked this week if he’d had any conversations with Krejci recently. “David Pastrnak, along with Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have all traveled over to the World Championships and will play. Knowing how close they are, I’m sure there will be a conversation that maybe filters back to me. I certainly kept in touch with David and his camp throughout the year. He had hard decisions to make in terms of the promise he had made to his family overall. Just ultimately decided to stay and see it through. I’m sure at some point in time if he decides he wants to return, then hopefully I get a call and we can have a conversation. But I have not gone down that path for several months.

“It has to line up for a number of reasons. Still, it looks like [Krejci] values playing the game and being highly competitive and was highly productive. Seamlessly would probably fall back into knowing what our team is like and what we’re trying to accomplish, but again, it’s a hypothetical for me at this point in time. I’ll cross that bridge when it’s presented.”

Needless to say Boston Bruins fans were all hot and bothered about it.

The 36-year-old Krejci, of course, opted to leave the Boston Bruins and play for the HC Olomouc team in the Czech Leagues he left behind as a teenager to chase his NHL dreams, and brought his family with him for the last year to experience the Czech culture he grew up in decades ago. It remains to be seen if Krejci harbors any desire to return to Boston for one more run with the Black and Gold, but one would imagine it might be tied into whether or not Patrice Bergeron is willing to play one more season as a soon-to-be 37-year-old.

Certainly No. 88 was having some fun reunited with his good Czech buddy this week.

If Krejci did indeed return to Boston for one more ride, it would even be more tantalizing to think of a second line of Taylor Hall, Krejci and Pastrnak that would absolutely be in play after the B’s coaches finally broke up the Perfection Line this season for more diversified scoring. It’s something Krejci took note of while keeping tabs on the Boston Bruins from afar this season while dominating the Czech Leagues with still-considerable offensive skills as a playmaking center.

“Coach [Bruce] Cassidy rarely let the two of us play together. It had to be so that he split the first line and put Pasta to me. It was a maximum of two matches. Years later, I leave Boston and suddenly it’s possible. That struck me,” said David Krejci to iSport.cz back in the beginning of January via google translate. “The coach always told me that there was no reason for Pasta’s removal from the first line and that it would be as short as possible to distribute the forces. I had to take it. But now Pasta is five or how many matches in the line with Hall and Haula. Strange.”

Certainly it sounds like that would be a condition of Krejci’s return if he did come back to Boston for another run at a Stanley Cup. But don’t blame Boston Bruins fans if they’re breathlessly watching the World Championships and envisioning that Krejci-to-Pastrnak connection working some magic one more time for the Black and Gold next season.

 

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

Yey

Clacker47

No chance. If this is what Sweeney has on the go, Bruins fans should be demanding his firing!

Orrfan

You wonder if there isn’t some unstated agreement that a beat writer can’t really get too “blamey” with current coaches and front office types. When Haggerty says, “it would even be more tantalizing to think of a second line of Taylor Hall, Krejci and Pastrnak that would absolutely be in play after the B’s coaches finally broke up the Perfection Line this season for more diversified scoring.” An even “truthier truth” would be to ask something like, “one has to wonder if Krejci would have spent the last season with another team, if this team would have seen to his… Read more »

Orrfan

One more point. If I’m Bergeron, I’m suddenly painfully aware of how good a “co-number-one-center” David Krejci was, over the years. Not only did he provide consistent scoring, despite a carousel of wingers, but Krejci was an underrated defensive center, a crucial cog in the implementation of Julien’s defensive system. As I watched games this season, I tried to focus on Coyle, Haula and the other Bruins centers. While it’s fair to say they all have their strengths defensively, it’s also worth noting that David Krejci won the +/- award twice in his career (Bergeron and Chara have won once,… Read more »

Go Bruins

By stating the coaching staff Ketchikan means Cassidy. With the DeBrusk fiasco and now Krecji’s issue it’s time for a change. Been saying it all year.

This management hates their fans

Sweeney is just buttering us up with more corporate non-speak. He did the same thing about Lysell when he failed to upgrade the forward core before the playoffs (One bounce away folks) and he did the same thing about Krejci last year even though we all know he had not even made a single phone call with him until Krejci announced his retirement. This is nothing more than dangling the proverbial carrot. How dumb does this management group really think their fans are? Time to stop buying these overpriced tickets and $14 beers

William

I have stopped. No longer a STH

William

I’d be wild with delight if the Bruins were playing the Rangers now. Can’t applaud this at all. Why should I (12-year season ticket holder) care?

Michael Puccio

sweeney and neely both failed the bill belichek school of gm and coaching don’t talk about players that don’t play for you the bruins need a magor rehaul

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