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David Krejci Going To ‘Calmly Think About What’s Next’

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The intrigue continues with David Krejci and the Boston Bruins after he sent out a message through his Czech hockey team about heading back to the United States for the summer.

The picture showed the 36-year-old chugging a beer on a plane headed for the States with a Bronze medal from the IIHF World Championships around his neck as he wants to “calmly think about what to do next.” It would appear both a return to the NHL and a return to HC Olomouc are on the table at this point for a player that’s still near the top of his game.

Krejci went home to the Czech Republic this past season after 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins, mostly as their No. 2 center behind Patrice Bergeron, and posted 20 goals and 46 points in 51 games for HC Olomouc while living out his dream of his family living in the Czech culture they missed out on while he played in North America from the time he was a teenager.

Krejci and David Pastrnak then teamed up for Czechia in the World Championships for the Czech Republic’s first medal-winning performance in over a decade that included a hat trick from Pastrnak in the medal round game against the United States. Certainly, the playmaking Czech center isn’t ruling out a return to the Boston Bruins at this point, and it feels like he’s enjoying the “will he or won’t he?” drama while making videos like this with his buddy Pasta.

Certainly, the Boston Bruins are leaving the door open for Krejci to return while hoping that his time with Pastrnak at the World Championships might sway him toward a Boston return.

“Not recently,” said 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.”

The Boston Bruins could absolutely use Krejci coming back, with or without Patrice Bergeron back in the hold. If Bergeron retires then a returning Krejci could bridge the gap setting things up for Brad Marchand and Pastrnak while the Boston Bruins seek out a long-term replacement as a No. 1 center, and if Bergeron comes back then they could have one last run with the Bergeron-Krejci one-two punch at center at the tail end of Boston’s Stanley Cup window with the current group.

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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Carm

wow that would be great ..

Ray Belleville

Bergy retires and Krejci returns for 1-2 seasons at around $4.5M

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Lawrence Maiolo

I love the wishful thinking. Krejci is not coming back. The B’s are one year away from missing the playoffs. Sweeney just hasn’t replenished the shelves with quality prospects. After Bergeron retires, the B’s will not have a bonafide first or second line center. We may see the return of the pre-Orr 1960’s Bruins.

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[…] Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now reports that former Boston Bruins forward David Krejci will be spending his summer in the United States and has said he’s going to “think about what to do next,” when it comes to his professional hockey career. Haggerty notes that it sounds like there are two choices: return to the NHL or return back to HC Olomouc. […]

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[…] Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now reports that former Boston Bruins forward David Krejci will be spending his summer in the United States and has said he’s going to “think about what to do next,” when it comes to his professional hockey career. Haggerty notes that it sounds like there are two choices: return to the NHL or return back to HC Olomouc. […]

Kevin L

It was fun watching Pasta & Krejci playing for Czechia in the World Championships. Even if it did remind me of another one-line team (Bruins). But the reality is, the B’s will be lucky to keep Pasta now that there is barely a ‘team’ left to work with. Unfortunately Sweeney has lost his way since being mentored by Harry Sinden. I’m afraid suspicions may be true — that Cam Neely has been pulling his strings; perhaps even clutching whatever Don has left for balls? Also, there’s no doubt in my mind Harry would not have fired Cassidy the way Sweeney… Read more »

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