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Krejci says he’s actually “been treated very well by the Boston Bruins”

Oct 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Hockey players sometimes say the darnedest things. In David Krejci‘s case, he wants you to know he didn’t exactly say what you thought he said.

After sounding off on the league saying Gary Bettman treats the players like animals, the Bruins center owned up to his comments saying he wasn’t talking about the team that cuts his checks. Joe Haggerty of shares his mea culpa.

“I regret my recent comments about the lockout which were made flippantly in the locker room after our last game. I did not intend for them to be recorded,” said Krejci. “Specifically, I have been treated very well by the Boston Bruins and wish to confirm that my comments should not reflect on my club in any way. I regret any inference to the contrary.”

If this kind of story sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen Sergei Kostitsyn and Michal Neuvirth blame things being lost in translation when speaking their mind. In this case, Krejci owns what he said but leaves his own boss out of the equation.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs being one of the leaders on the owners’ side in the lockout helped make his statements doubly awkward.

Related: Kostitsyn says he was misquoted by Russian newspaper

  1. solador78 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    This probably has something to do with the call that he received from Peter Chiarelli when the NHL gave teams 48 hours to undermine the union and lean on the players.

    How long before PHT starts picking up on the players leaking the real story that Jeremy Jacobs is bullying most of the teams in the league into going along with the lockout?

  2. nopuntintended - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Krejci said originally that Gary Bettman was treating the players like animals. And then said that the Bruins organization has actually been pretty good to him. This isn’t a mea culpa, it’s two totally separate comments.

    I didn’t click to read the full interview, but unless he said “I take back what I said about Bettman” all he was doing was smoothing things over with the club, in fact, it’s not a “my bad” at all – it’s a “don’t misunderstand what I said – it was about Bettman and not the Bruins, specifically” Regretting making a comment, or that it was recording, does not in any way imply that he doesn’t believe his comment — simply that he feels he maybe shouldn’t have made it.

    This is like the Kostitsyn reporting. He said he hated Columbus, not Nashville. Then he said he actually liked Nashville and people are saying he backpeddled. I don’t see any apologies to the city of Columbus, at least not in the PHT article.

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