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Report: Bruins sign Krejci to six-year, $43.5M extension

Sep 3, 2014, 7:07 PM EST

If a report from Czech website Hokej.cz is correct, David Krejci will carry the biggest salary cap hit of any Boston Bruins player during the 2015-16 season. WEEI’s DJ Bean reports that it’s a six-year, $43.5 million deal with Krejci’s management providing similar information to Hokej.cz.

TSN’s Aaron Ward has some additional potential details regarding the extension:

In the event that this is true – CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out that neither Krejci nor the Bruins have confirmed it, but also notes that it’s a reasonable possibility – Krejci’s $7.17-$7.25 million cap hit would slightly edge that of Tuukka Rask ($7 million), Zdeno Chara ($6.917 million) and Patrice Bergeron ($6.5 million).

One way or another, the cost won’t be seen right away; the 28-year-old’s current contract carries a $5.25 million cap hit in 2014-15. According to Cap Geek’s numbers, the Bruins will have about $54 million in cap payroll committed to just 11 players in 2014-15, which would translate to about $15 million in cap space if the ceiling remains at $69 million (it probably will be quite a bit higher, but you never know).

However Krejci’s exact contract shakes out, this will also inevitably bring about references to Tyler Seguin‘s trade and subsequent breakout year, whether that’s really fair to Krejci or not.

There are plenty of people who are more focused on Krejci making more than Bergeron, Chara and Rask, too.

However, if you merely look outside of comparisons heaped upon the talented center, it’s clear that he’s earned a hefty extension, even if you can quibble about the price. He’s generally been a strong two-way player and topped the playoffs in points in 2013 with 26 in 22 games and 23 points in 25 games during Boston’s championship run in 2011. (Naturally, his last postseason go-around didn’t go quite as well.)

The reality of the cap-era NHL is that plenty of useful players get disparaged because their output doesn’t match sometimes-lofty salaries. Krejci could face quite a burden in that area if these reports are correct, yet he’s done an awful lot for Boston in his career.

  1. terrier92 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Solid move Lock up the core guys

  2. hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    What would this have to do with Seguin and why are we referencing an opinion from someone who can’t find a properly sized hat?

    • James O'Brien - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      The notion is that the Bruins ultimately had to pick between Krejci or Seguin.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        I’m not sure where that idea would come from, they’re two completely different players and the Bruins were never going to use Seguin as a center. Seguin wasn’t a fit here, just like Kessel wasn’t either.

        If you’re talking cap hit, Eriksson is on for $4.25m and they wouldn’t have a problem allocating more space for a Seguin deal with the rising cap.

      • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        If that’s the case, I’m still happy with Krejci. Until Seguin proves he can tear up the playoffs, (as in like, leading the league in scoring… Twice)I’m ok with the trade. Krejci’s D is still underrated imo. I feel like that part of his game gets overlooked, especially since there other C is Bergy. He leads the team in toi among fwds, kill penalties, runs the first PP, is good for 60-70pts a season and is exceptional at faceoffs. Worth every penny

      • Shanahammer - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        I think the issue with seguin was signing him to that extension before the lock out.
        He was scheduled to be the highest paid forward on team after a pretty awful playoff run.
        And the bruins had almost no flexibility with him making over 5 million, Kelly and peverly
        Over 3. I just don’t know how you run their system with seguin being the highest paid player as a third line wing.

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Seguin was 2nd line wing at the time, with Patrice.

      • Shanahammer - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Not by seasons end and the playoffs.
        Remember he was moved up to the second line for the OT in game seven vs the leafs and moved right back down.

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Well then, clearly I was WRONG.

        It happens, and I admit it.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Money well spent

  4. Moop - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I’m happy with this. Cap hit might be a bit high, but it’s not outrageous given that the cap is supposed to go up the next few years. The most interesting aspect about this deal is what it means for Boston’s other centers.

    With Krejci locked up, either Carl Soderberg or Ryan Spooner are now expendable. Soderberg has one year left on his contract as it is and I doubt the Bruins will be able to afford him when he hits free agency. So does Chiarelli trade him at the deadline for an unforeseen need as of right now? Or do we use both Soderberg and Spooner this year and push for the Cup? Either way, I think Soderberg’s gone after this year and Spooner can slip comfortably in to the third line center role.

    As for how this looks in hindsight after trading Seguin, it’s not as horrible as some want it to be. Sure, it seems like Chiarelli kind of fumbled who he wanted to go with between Seguin and Krejci, but the fact remains that the Bruins will/would be a contender for the foreseeable future either way. Seguin’s still not a point per game player in the Bruins’ system.

    • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      I think they ride out Carl through the year. He’s arguably the best 3C in the league. Lets take another stab at the cup and then next year Spooner will take over as 3C. Carl will get big money to go to a team looking for a big talented 2C *cough Edmonton*.

      Also, I think if we had Seguin instead of Krejci, we’d be the same but different. More goals for, but more goals against. It would make the pink hats happy but I don’t think it would help the team much

    • steelpenbucs87 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      “1% said yes. 2% said no. 97% said, ‘who the hell is Moop?'”.

      • Moop - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        I don’t know why, but this made me laugh pretty hard.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Oh man really? I thought I had cracked the code on your username! One of my favorite episodes and subtly dumb/genius lines from South Park:

      • i1theinternet - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        “Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.”

  5. vancouversportsbro - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    I like this deal and I’m not a Boston fan. Krejci no doubt represents their team well along with Bergeron. The thing I have a problem with is people over rating Tuukaa playoff choker Rask. He is not worth 8 million a year or his hype.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      I know its unpopular but I just can’t disagree with this, hyperbole aside. Rask is a really good goalie but that cap hit is a bit much. I still wonder how much is due to the D/system playing in front of him.

    • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Hasn’t Tuukka had the best Sv% the last two playoffs?

      • vancouversportsbro - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        His save percentage was inflated and it didn’t help him when heat out duelled by Carey price or mike leighton

      • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        1) Inflated Sv%? By that argument, I don’t think Wayne Gretzky was good. Just had inflated stats.

        2) Carey Price is every bit as good as Tuukka, that series was not lost by Tuukka either. I bet Carey gets at least 7 on his next deal

        3) The loss to the flyers was 4 years ago. When Tuukka was a rookie.

        4) You conveniently left out the time Rask led the team to the finals and held the top offense in the league to 2 goals in 4 games during his first season as the teams starter.

      • sabatimus - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:12 AM

        And inflated by what, exactly?

  6. shanekelleytx - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    It’s irrelevant to compare Boston Seguin to Dallas Seguin. He was never going to work out in Boston so they got rid of him, whether he scored a point per game or ten points total makes no difference to the Bruins.

    I like Krejci being locked up and (last postseason not counted) he was huge under pressure in the playoffs. I don’t think he deserves that much money, but overall I’m happy to see him stay a Bruin.

  7. mackattack29 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I feel for Boston fans who keep saying that Seguin and Kessel were never going to work out… haha its like watching someone who lost a bunch of money gambling and then they say, well at least I had fun… I never really needed that money. Needless to say, Toronto and Dallas are both VERY happy that they have two of the highest scoring offensive players in the league that for some reason Boston just didn’t want…

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Ummm, why? No one’s saying they’re bad players at all. The system that Claude uses isn’t designed to work with players like those two. The mistake the Bruins made was drafting Seguin when they knew he wouldn’t work out based on Kessel’s experience.

    • pepper2011 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Please don’t ‘feel’ for me

      I would like to point out that despite Trading two of the highest scoring offensive players; the Bruins have more Playoff wins than both of those teams combined.

      You are also conveniently leaving out who the Bruins got back in those deals.

      Don’t know if you realize this, but Dougie Hamilton just turned 21. Kid is going to be the next Great Bruins defenseman.

      Dallas – Their 6 fans may be happy, but their Management might have seen the same thing the Bruins brass saw; hence the Spezza trade. When Seguin disappears again; They have a legit point a game playoff Center.

      What do Shawn Horcoff, Cody Eakin, Vern Fiddler, Colton, Sceviour all have in common?

      They had as many or more points than Seguin in the playoffs. He has four goal in his last 45 or so playoff games. FOUR.

      Reilly Smith had 4 in 12 games last year.

      Why wasn’t Seguin on Team Canada? Benn was, Bergeron was. hmm…

      Toronto- Kessel at least produces. Don’t like his overall game, but he produces. very good playoff and Olympic numbers.

      Don’t know about Dallas, but I can guarantee you Leafs fans would rather have playoff wins than a perpetual Art Ross candidate.

      I also have to assume that Kessel helped Toronto win more games than Seguin would have in his rookie season, so that #9 pick where the B’s got Hamilton who was a steal would have been higher, although probably not top 2 (which are the only guys on par with Hamilton thus far).

      They are both good players, but not guys that can lead a team.

  8. shanekelleytx - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    @mackattack29 not to mention Seguin was playing wing in Boston despite his natural position being center, which he plays in Dallas. He’s perfect for Ruff’s fast paced system. Julien wants guys to play rough defense and he likes the game a bit slower, something Seguin wasn’t designed to do.

  9. alicesrightfootesq - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    He’s one of the best centers in the world and doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves.

  10. thesportsjudge - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Bergeron should not be making less. #37 is the future captain.

    • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I’m willing to bet you are far more upset than he is. Part of the reason he took that deal was so that the B’s could keep guys like Krejci soooo mission accomplished

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        You would lose that bet.

      • titansbro - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Is Krejci worth more than Bergeron? Of course not. But there’s a reason Bergeron took a deal that he knows is less than he could get on the open market. Because he cares about winning & he’s seeing how the cap can affect your chances at a cup right now.

  11. bcisleman - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Pretty well guarantees JB is playing elsewhere in 2015. Do the Bs move him now or let him walk in 2015?

    • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      I think JB walks. B’s still in win now mode. Also, if I’m not mistaken, the contract that Trotman just signed becomes a 1 way deal next season. B’s are probably banking on him or Miller to fill in on the 2nd pair.

    • Moop - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Let him walk unless they can get a great return for him now. They’re a win now team; the defense doesn’t look Cup worthy without Boychuk on it.

  12. bruinsfan55 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Awesome deal for Krejci. With the way the market is going by year 3-4 this deal is going to look amazing by PC. I mean if Bolland can get 5.5 mil, I believe, out of FA then Krejci can definitely get 7.5mil. Also on the Krejci-Seguin part, Seguin much like Kessel would never fit Julien’s system while they are unbelievable players in their own right, I do believe they would never work out here like that

  13. nunan - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    The reason people outside of boston think they made the wrong move is because the people outside of boston don’t understand. They’re misinformed. Those of us who follow boston all year, every year saw that Seguin wasn’t cutting it in their system. That’s fact, not opinion. He was grossly under performing. He was a liability and he was soft on the puck. You can blame the system but that’s another argument. In this system, which has clearly contributed the their success since 2008, he didn’t mesh. The only argument one could make is that they should have moved him to center. He would have had to have been a third line center though, which isn’t a big issue in my mind, but was Seguin ever meant to be a third line center? They tried him at center several times, and it didn’t work. He needed to go to Dallas to thrive. It wasn’t going to happen in Boston.

    • titansbro - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Not to mention when they did try him at center he was awful on the faceoff. The mistake they made with Seguin was drafting him at all.

  14. pastabelly - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Great two way player. If Bergeron was up this year, he’d get more. It’s all timing. Seguin has nothing to do with this discussion. Keys to the future are the base and Koko and Pasternak.

  15. sabatimus - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The Seguin trade, unfortunately, had to be made. He wasn’t fitting in Boston, and if the reports of his attitude problems were true he likely needed a fresh start somewhere else.

    The Krecji signing is great. Now they need to jettison Kelly.

  16. flyerspsu - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Just b/c Bergeron is signed to such a great contract doesn’t mean this is too much for krecji, just over 7 mil for krecji is a solid deal that will just look better in the future

    • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Yup. Also, for what its worth, I would take Bergeron and Krejci at a combined 13.5ish over towes and Kane at 21m. Not trying to trash them, just shed some light on the awesome value the B’s are getting out of one of the best 1-2 C combos in the league

    • thesportsjudge - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Who said it was too much for Krejci?

  17. xaile94 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    it’s a fine deal for the player that Krejci will be for the duration of the contract. There are gonna be some other players the B’s would like to keep, but can’t within the cap, but that’s the road the Bruins have been on for years now.

    As for the “Kessel and Seguin would never fit in the system” argument…Do you think maybe Boston should’ve adjusted their system a bit for the 2 most offensively-gifted players to come to town since Thornton? I don’t mean 2011ish Capitals run-and-gun, but scoring is the hardest skill to come by in the NHL today. Were Seguin’s playoff struggles really anymore problematic than Marchand’s this past year?

  18. yette1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    I like Krejci, but this is a head scratcher. The GM is not facing any criticism in Boston, which surprises me. The team has Zero cap flexibility as demonstrated by not adding a single player this offseason. They lost a 30 goal scorer from their first line, and intend to replace him with a guy that isnt a good player. Now they lost cap flexibility going forward.

    Hope the Bs can make another finals run quickly, because the window is closing on this team, thanks to Chiarelli. Seems like he could have managed this situation better.

  19. titansbro - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Actually Chiarelli gets TONS of criticism in Boston. I’m guessing you don’t live in Boston, so why pretend you know what’s happening in Boston?

    • yette1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 6:07 AM

      I’m from Brockton dopey

  20. amerika1313 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Cze-ching!!!

  21. 2qswing - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    You see Ryan (Johansen), THIS is what you have ahead of you once you have the resume Krejci has.

  22. bsaures - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    They do realize that a ntc isnt a automatic thing right ? Not saying that krejci doesnt warrant one but when essentially every contract you have over a few million has some form of restriction it makes it much harder to make meaningful changes

  23. gallyhatch - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    I don’t love the $ amount or the length of the contract, but I understand it from the Bruins’ perspective. They could have let Krejci walk after this year, but the team would have been taking a big step backwards as he would be a tough guy to replace. He would have got more as a FA……. I don’t think they had a lot of options. (not unlike the Rask deal. . . maybe too much & too long, but they would have had a hard time finding another goalie of his caliber, and would not have done it for any less of a contract)

    If Soderberg continues to improve and they are somehow able to sign him to an extension, the Bruins will be strong down the middle for the foreseeable future.

    As far as the person who suggested Chiarelli doesn’t get criticized, you clearly don’t listen to 98.5. PC has been widely criticized for his inaction at February’s trade deadline. He has also received a fair amount of criticism for the current cap situation, so I don’t understand where that statement came from.

  24. flyboystransport - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Too much money a year. 6 million would’ve been suffice but going on the fact that he’s a better 2 way player than Callahan I guess this was market value. Gonna be tough for the bruins in 2 years cap wise

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