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Sweeney Confirms Reports That Krejci Negotiations Picking Up



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Negotiations between the Boston Bruins and former Bruins center David Krejci picked up on Monday.

On Monday morning, WEEI sports radio talk show host Lou Merloni tweeted that the Bruins and David Krejci was in contract negotiations with the Bruins.

Later in the day on his show Merlonia, Fauria and Mego, Merloni took his David Krejci report even further stating that the longtime Bruins pivot will indeed return to the Boston Bruins on a one-year contract.

“Krejci, according to my source, will be returning to the Boston Bruins. And he will be coming back most likely on a 1 year deal,” Merloni said Monday afternoon.

This past Friday when speaking to the media in Montreal after the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney expressed his desire to bring David Krejci back to the Bruins but was non-committal at best and didn’t exactly sound confident Krejci would move his family back to Boston and North America. Krejci and his family returned home to Czechia after his contract with the Bruins ran out following the 2020-21 NHL season.

“I hope so. David is a little more of a wait and see where communication lies. Where Patrice [Bergeron] is just a cut and dry decision,” Sweeney said of David Krejci. “Won’t be an issue with the contract I believe. Krech is just deciding what’s best for him, but there’s no positive indication. It just hasn’t gotten to the point where I’m comfortable to say if it’s going to happen.”

However, when asked on Monday about the various reports of the contract negotiations picking up, the Boston Bruins GM had this to say:

“Recently I’ve had numerous conversations with David Krejci about what his plans are,” Sweeney said Monday. “He spent a lot of time with his family as well and his decision could be forth coming, and we are hopeful that it is with us. I think we would welcome him back, we said that to him last year, that the door is open. And we have to make the pieces of the puzzle fit the door financially in the cap world, but I’ll do everything I possibly can to try and make that happen.”

ESPN and NHL Network Insider Kevin Weekes also confirmed the contract negotiations almost immediately after Sweeney addressed the media Monday.

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Gee, maybe Don can put to rest rumors that Chara wants to return. I hear Lucic has been rumored to ……

Bs metalhead

So what are you saying?? We should just bomb this year? Do a full rebuild?? Not sign Pasta? If Bergeron comes back for one more season it would help to fill in that 2nd c hole and not have it be a waste of his last season. We also have key people missing for a chunk of the season… If krejci doesn’t come back we got what? Haula for 2nd c and who else with bergeron on first line when marchands gone? Who fills in 2nd line? We could buy more time for prospects to develop and fill in other… Read more »

Derrick Devlin

Bruins lack toughness and Sweeney is still drafting centers with zero size and zero toughness.This team gets puck retrieval ptsd in the playoffs there D particularly Riley,grz both stupid contracts and soft players that’s been the issue since St.Louis beat them.There is no enforcer and please Forbort isn’t neither is Fredrick.He has potential but doesn’t know when to pick his spots and other than him who drops them and keeps the other teams honest? You have Marchand dropping the mitts seriously??Thats ridiculous.Anyways I wanted Sweeney gone it’s a crime he wasn’t fired.All of our top players get injured and need… Read more »

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Bs metalhead

True. They have chosen to go small and fast… It cost us with the blues for sure. The NHL has also been trying to rid fighting but I’ve really noticed a lack of enforcement when combined with refs refusing to make major calls, boarding, high hits the game can get very dangerous. A lot of high hits and concussions, then players retaliating get penalized. That one game with Carolina was turning into a powder keg with so much head hunting, dirty, dangerous, choppy hits… They need to bulk up and start dropping gloves for each other more

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