Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that earlier today David Krejci
underwent successful hip surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan T. Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and will force Krejci to miss approximately four to six months.
|"Professor" Babineau |
Sitting here waiting on news about David Krejci
On the lighter side, I got a nice note about Bruins photog Steve Babineau visiting Mrs. Callahan's 8th Grade Photography Class at Wellesley Middle School.
Steve, shown at right, recently put together a collection of his photographs called "Black and Gold" and was showing the youngsters some of the finer points of shooting sports.
The back flap calls Bab's book "a pictorial romp through four decades of one of the NHL's great Original Six franchises-a personal history of the Boston Bruins as seen through the lens of Steve Babineau, team photographer for 35 years."
I call it a must have.
So, for all of you who are picking up something for that special hockey fan -- maybe for Dad on Fathers Day -- I would call over to the Bruins Pro Shop (877 5BRUINS or 877 527 8467) and grab a copy.
Mention "Bish's Blog" when you call the Pro Shop and you will get 10% off Steve's book.
Bear signing season started early for the Boston Bruins when Seventh Player Award winner David Krejci
capped off a stellar sophomore season by putting his named to a lucrative multi-year contract on Wednesday.
“It was a great year for me,” said Krejci via conference call. “I had a lot of fun with the guys and so many good people worked with me during the season and I am very happy to be a Bruin for the next few years.
“I would just like to thank the organization and [B's GM] Peter Chiarelli for getting this deal done.”
Krejci’s character, a trait that allowed him to play most of this season hurt, was a major reason for his return to the Black & Gold fold.
Chiarelli pointed to the 2007-08 season, when David was sent down following a slow start.
“I remember talking to him and sending him down and telling him what he had to work on and he worked on those things,” said the GM. “Naturally, there’s a time when you send a player down, and he’s disappointed, and he tends to stray a little bit, but we went and watched David right away, and I know he was working on those things and he got to be a much better two-way player.”
Krejci became a key player in the B’s making the playoffs that season, and during this most recent campaign, he became one of the most exciting young hockey players in the NHL.
“Like Peter said, for me, the turning point was last year,” said the Czech-born Krejci. “I got a chance to play [as] a first [line] centerman and I saw the chance that one day I could play against the first, second liners on the other teams and I worked at it.
“I got an opportunity to be on the ice, [with] good ice time from the coach. [This season] I just wanted to prove that it wasn’t just by mistake.”
There’s no mistaking how important Krejci has become to the Boston lineup.
“He had a breakout year statistically this year,” said Chiarelli. “Not only statistically but also in other areas of the ice and I think David will be the first to tell you that he still feels that he can be better and that he can take his game to another level.
“We’re very happy to have him under contract. He’s a very good person and I am very impressed with the way he’s improved and the way he is professional with his work ethic.”
Krejci sounded like he was very happy to have this part of his summer complete -- now comes surgery and rehab.
The Bruins young center said he hopes to be in the B’s lineup sooner than later.
“Well, the surgery is [Thursday, and] they say it is supposed to take 4 to 6 months,” said Krejci. “It could happen. I may be back for the first game, but I might miss the first month, so well see how it goes.”
Given what we’ve seen, it’s going to go just fine.