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Krejci’s building reputation as playoff hero

Jun 5, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins scores a goal in the third period on Tomas Vokoun #92 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, David Krejci led the league with 12 goals and 23 points in 25 playoff games.

He’s done even better this time around and in a year where Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp are among the players still active, Krejci is leading the pack with 20 points in 14 contests.

“You know what? It’s nice,” Krejci told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I want to say it’s nice, but I don’t really look at it that much. In the playoffs, it can change the next day. So I just try to stay at the same level at all times.”

Fair enough, but Krejci does seem like he can find an extra level when his team needs him the most. Over the past four campaigns, he’s never recorded more than 62 points in a single regular season, but he ranks second behind only Mike Richards in playoff points since 2010. Krejci has 25 goals and 54 points in 55 postseason games over that span.

Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested that Krejci is the type of player that thrives under the intensity of the playoffs, although Krejci wanted to emphasize that he doesn’t think he gets “bored” during the regular season. He also thinks sometimes too much is made of points.

“It’s not always about points,” Krejci argued. “I feel sometimes I have a good game in the regular season but I don’t have a point, and that’s all the media talks about: You’re a good player if you have points; if you don’t have points, you’re not a good player.

“That’s not this team. We never had the past few years a guy in the top 20 in scoring, so that’s just the way our team is built.”

Well, they got someone playing like an elite scorer right now and it certainly hasn’t hurt.

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  1. edzo82270 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    …and to think the rumours had the B’s shipping him to the Ducks for Bobby Ryan.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I still badly want to see Bobby Ryan in a Bruins uniform, but how on earth can you trade Krejci after a performance like this?

      • nunan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        People were saying the same thing in 2011. How could you trade Krejci then? But, people find a way to make that argument. Same thing will happen next winter, I’m sure. They need to keep the top two lines intact..but supplant Jagr with Seguin. Jagr won’t be back next year, IMO. The cap is going to be too tight and they’ll need to make some room but the top two lines should be priority.

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        What makes it even more interesting is the issue of do you re-sign Horton? Before the playoffs I just assumed they would move on, but he is making that decision very tough. You can also add the fact that you’d like to see Seguin take his natural spot at center, which means something has to give in the top 6. I would still consider making a deal involving Krejci, because the market for him may be as high as it’ll get.

      • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        ya but you literally can’t get anything better than what Krejci brings. They’d be getting worse. They’ll never trade him. Horton might have bought his ticket to an extension. Peverley, Kelly, Jagr, Ference are all options to leave/trade. You can’t find anything better than what Krejci and Horton consistently bring in the playoffs. Have to keep them.

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        I guess, but it’s not the first time a player has stepped up in a contract year (in Horton’s case). It’s going to be hard to sign him to big money with that much inconsistency. But for the right price, no doubt bring him back. With Krejci you may be right, but Seguin’s presence may cause an issue. Seguin may turn into a better player than Krejci and you can’t stick him on the right wing forever. So something’s got to give there.

  2. upyourstodd - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    It is amazing to think that throughout the past season and a half, even after his impressive play during the 2011 cup run, that many people around Boston (media types mostly) were saying that Krejci was to be the focal point of a trade to bring in a big name guy…..when in fact he is that big name guy now.

  3. hockey412 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Yeah he’s been a real good little hockey player there…real f#*%$@(*%ing good, and I don’t like it at all.

    It’s also nice that this may silence the ‘why don’t you ever post and Bruins quotes’ feelings. I am equally tired of those comments and Krejci.

    I’m hoping he brings his “B” game tonight.

    • kovodisc - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Which is still better than a lot of people’s “A” game!

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I’ll be the first to eat crow. I said let’s trade him for Bobby Ryan, a clutch playoff performer, and we had him all along.

  5. bruinsfan1953 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Hockey412 if your tired get some sleep

    • hockey412 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Good one!

  6. pastabelly - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I was surprised when people said that it made sense to trade David Krejci since his salary was affordable at $5.25M per year. That’s exactly why you want to keep him. As for Kelly and Peverly . . .

    I just hope they can keep Krejci’s line in tact and that means re-signing Horton, but only at a reasonable salary. Hey, win now and worry later.

    • kovodisc - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Cap number is dropping next year. The Kelly and Peverley contracts pose a biiiig problem in signing Horton. I don’t think they will be able to bring him back…which would suck.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I think its doubtful they resign Horton. If they wanted to I think they would’ve tried to extend him. Kelly and Pevs could be bought out but my guess is one stays, prob Kelly. Bruins also have to sign two goaltenders still. Should be an interesting summer but hopefully weeks away still….

      • pastabelly - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I would say buy out Peverly. He has one year left at $3.25M. Kelly has two years left at $3M per year. Neither contract can be traded, but Peverly, at one year, is a buyout candidate. Jacobs is just see cheap that it’s hard to imagine the Bruins buying anyone out.

      • spitfisher - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Kelly and peverly are one thing, Horton and possible 8-8.5 mill a year for rask is another. However the Pens are in much dire straights than most teams. Crazy? well Looch signed for 6 million and Lundquist makes 8.75M, some back ups are making 4.5-5mill.

        IMO You’ll see a market correction in the nhl soon enough for what a top line player is actually worth against the cap. I think more and more teams will be looking at 4 solid lines rather than 1-2 highly compensated lines & then a big drop off.

      • 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Er. Lundqvist makes $6.875m, and the most any goaltender is making is Pekka Rinne’s $7m. Rask won’t get more than that.

        Looch is definitely overpaid, though, and the real pitfall of his contract is that it will artificially jack up Horton’s price – all he has to do in contract talks is say “Lucic makes this much, and I’m as good or better than him. So give me the same.”

    • nostredummass - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      The third line (Kelly and Peverly) should probably be trashed next year.
      Their value is basically as 3rd penalty killers and little else. Spooner (who kills penalties in Providence I think) did enough in his brief visit to convince me he’ll excell in the league. Koko isn’t too far off and Soderberg HAS to figure in the Bruins plans for the future. Seguin will get back to the 2nd line, a bit humbled and hungry (I hope) since Jagr will be gone. The Bruins have to do everything they can to sign Horton. Some guys just thrive on the post-season. Horty’s one of those rare gems a team can’t afford to lose.

  7. dboldave - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I was crying for them to trade Lucic during the season and get Krejci a more skilled player. I have always felt his regular season numbers would be better if he was paired with another playmaker. Of course, all that really matters is what you do in the postseason and Krejci takes it up a notch when it counts.

  8. drone501 - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    only pens fan on here so far, i always liked the way krejci played whenever i had the chance to see him play. also didn’t know he was mentioned being traded for bobby ryan. krejci is head and shoulders above ryan as a player. its a no brainer. i see bruins as well as pens are going to be squeezed when it comes time to signing players. can you guys spare a goalie? lmao

    • pastabelly - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Bruins have so much goaltender depth in system that deals will be made. Khoudobin is as good as gone, but is nothing more than a backup. Svedberg was goalie of the year in the AHL this year and Subban is a top prospect. I don’t see any deals happening until Tuukka signs a long term deal.

      I agree that Horton is probably as good as gone. The team probably is concerned about his concussion history (thanks Aaron Rome) and another team will pay him as a scorer. Bringing back Ryder might be a cheaper and effective option. I would have preferred Ryder to giving up a first round pick for Jagr, but that’s all history now.

      • nunan - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        I think the last thing on their minds right now is Horton’s head. He is on fire and I think this makes him a priority to re-sign in Boston. You can ignore the mediocrity in the regular season if he plays like this in the playoffs. Him and Krejci always step it up and it works..they have to try and keep that together. This is his second playoff run and he has dominated in both (he missed the playoffs last year).

    • spitfisher - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Drone, I have a pretty good ear to the wall, and thats the first I have heard of it. Bobby Ryan yes but not exclusive to Krejci.The talk I always heard is why screw with the lines. granted Looch was awfull at times this season at 6 million, especially since he only had 1 30 goal season, 6-7of them were empty netters. I believe he would have been the trade bait.

      • drone501 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        too bad no one jumped at the chance to get him. great power forward. reminds me of kevin stevens, who actually is from boston.

  9. jpelle82 - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    i think the reputation is built. walls are up, punchout is done, paint’s drying – now krejci has just got to sell it by the end of 2014. he wins a conn smythe and that would ensure an outside buyer with a heavy cash offer

  10. spitfisher - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    This team has thrived very well with out bringing in a 3rd party superstar salary- such as Rick Nash.

    in 2011 their was kaberle for that puck moving defenceman, that didn’t work out. I guess Krug was still in diapers, could he had been over looked. They should sign him, the kid has future- somewhere.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I wonder if anyone would take Looch with his cap hit – maybe with a bit of salary retention a trade could make sense. Soderberg is top-six material and a left-handed shot. Could try him at wing and try to shed Looch’s salary to allow room for resigning Horton?

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