Last Friday, David Krejci
spoke with reporters for the second time this off-season about his recovery from his playoff-ending wrist injury. Krejci, drafted by the Bruins in the second round (63rd overall) in 2004, spoke to the press after serving as a guest instructor at the first Boston Bruins Summer Camp for youth hockey players.
"It’s fun, I mean I already miss playing so I’m kind of excited to be back -- not on the ice -- but in the [arena] where I can see ice and little hockey players," said Krejci.
"It was fun," he repeated. "They had some tough questions, but lots of very good questions and I’m happy to help them out and answer the questions, take pictures and give them my autograph.
"As long as they are happy I know that I’m happy, too," added Krejci. "And that’s why I’m here."
Well, there's also the rehab regimen for his injury that's keeping the forward in the Old Town over the summer and the center had to deal with plenty of "very good questions" from New England's hockey media, too.
The almost always affable Krejci, who has a 45-107-152 line in 223 NHL games, said that the hot weather was helping him cope with being in Boston away from his home in the Czech Republic.
"It’s my second summer in Boston and you know last summer there was lots of rain, but this summer it’s been awesome with high 80’s [and] low 90’s," said Krejci. "I’m really enjoying it."
A couple of trips home are in the offing, but first doctors have to take some pins out of his injured arm, which should help Krejci make it through security screening over at Logan.
"Yeah, I’m actually heading out of surgery next Friday to just take the pins out," said Krejci.
"Maybe a week, ten days, two weeks [after surgery] I’m going to go home for three or four weeks."
Recovery-wise, Krejci, who was 4-4-8 in nine playoff games before the injury, reported that he was making progress.
"Well I don’t skate yet," said the Czech-born center. "I never skate in the summer but, like I said, next week I’m getting my surgery and I can’t wait for it actually.
2nd on the B's with 17 goals
3 game-deciding shootout goals
4 NHL seasons
9 career NHL game-winning goals
14 multiple point games in 2009-10
18:14 average time on ice
27 career NHL playoff games
46 jersey number
52 points in 2009-10, tied for team lead
100th assist vs. TBL on 3/25/10
200th NHL game vs. TBL on 2/11/20
2010 Olympian with the Czech Republic." Krejci by the Numbers
"A week or two after I’ll go on the ice and start lifting heavy weights and I’m really excited for it.
"It’s been a long time and I can’t wait to get back in the games and everything," he said.
The B's start their regular season schedule on the road in Prague and Krejci, who was 17-35-52 in 79 regular season games in 2009-10, has been on the record about his excitement about returning to the Czech Republic with his teammates -- no matter who they might be [ Video
: David on the B's trip to the Czech Republic, 2/09/10
But don't expect the center to ruminate on rumors.
Asked about the many whispers that have B's center Marc Savard
(for one) wearing a different jersey this coming October, Krejci said, "I have actually no idea. I have no idea that’s all I can tell you. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if he’s getting traded or whatever you are saying, I have no idea. He’s with us right now and that’s all there is."
Krejci said that he has no desire to face Savard in an opposing sweater.
"Yeah, you want to see the best players, the good players, the good guys in the dressing rooms," said Krejci with the implication that Savard fits into all of those categories.
Savard, and Krejci for that matter, fall into the category of "center" and asked about the number of pivots in the B's system, Krejci didn't know what was in store.
"Who knows?" said Krejci, a NHL's plus/minus leader in 2008-09 with a plus-37. "We have so many good players, and that’s a good thing, but who knows how the team is going to work and what the lines are going to look like."
But even without a line chart, Krejci is excited for 2010-11.
"The potential is there and I believe we can accomplish big things this year," he said.
"[Last season] we had not many people believe in us in the regular season, but we kind of snuck [into] the playoffs and I think we were playing great hockey."
The ending wasn't pretty, but...
"Whatever happened, happened," said Krejci in dismissal. "And you know these things happen, so we just have to learn from the mistakes and hopefully it’s going to make us stronger and hopefully next time we’ll be in a position where we’ll know what to do."
And hopefully if there is a next time, a healthy player wearing Black & Gold #46 will be on the ice.