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David Krejci Media Availability Transcript from 9/8

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
DAVID KREJCI MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On general thoughts about the new contract and being here for a long time…
Yeah, that feels good. But, first of all, I would like to, I never had a chance to, to talk to media or anything. This is the first day, so I would like to thank obviously the Jacobs Family, Peter [Chiarelli], Cam [Neely], my agent, that they got the deal done, and obviously my teammates. Without them, you know I wouldn’t [have] you know signed the deal that I have, and I owe them a lot. So, that’s it.

On what it means to him knowing he has the certainty of being here for another six years…
You know, when I was talking with my agent, and he was talking to Peter, we wanted to get a deal done because of guys like Zdeno’s [Chara] got a few more years. Patrice [Bergeron] and Tuukka [Rask], they signed last summer long term, so the core is here and I feel like we still have lots of years left, and we can compete for [the] Cup in the next few years. So that was one of the reasons why I decided to sign now and not next year when I’ll be free agent and see what’s out there. So, I was really happy that the deal happened before the season started, and we can just move on, not think about anything and just play hockey and we’ll see what happens.

On him taking below market value considering the tight cap situation…
Yeah, like I said we had lots of talks with my agent, and especially now when the cap is going higher every year, I had the chance to be a free agent for the first time, and it depends on the year what I would have. But, yeah, maybe I could get more, maybe less, but money really wasn’t the issue. I wanted to play where I could win, and to feel that Peter [Chiarelli] and the organization feels that I could help them win the Cup, that means a lot, and I didn’t hesitate and I accepted the offer and I’m glad that I can be [a] Bruin for the next seven years.

On having the commitment from management to maintain such a strong bond…
It’s awesome. You know that they believe in you, that they trust you, that means a lot. You just go out there and play the game. You don’t think about anything else. So, to have Peter [Chiarelli], Cam [Neely], and the whole organization behind me, that’s awesome, that’s perfect…And being in the same room for a few more years as Tuuks [Tuukka Rask], Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], Zdeno [Chara], hopefully Looch [Milan Lucic] next year, we’ll see what happens, but I really feel that we have a really good team again this year and in the next few years as well. So, hopefully we can make a run and that’s why I signed here, and I want to win another Cup, and this is the team that can do it, and I’m happy to be here.

On how motivated he is going into this season after the upsetting end last season…
Well, it was disappointing. But, it happens. You need a little luck along the way, when we won it we had the luck, a couple times in game seven, and then we went into the final and had a little luck as well… and [this year] that didn’t happen, but I put it behind me. It’s a new season, I’m ready, I’m excited, and I can’t wait for the season to come.

On finding a new winger to play with and if he thinks it will be Loui Eriksson…
I mean I read something from media, I don’t know if that’s what’s going to happen, but Loui’s [Eriksson] going to be on my line with Looch [Milan Lucic], so we’ll see how that goes. But, chemistry you can create pretty fast, and if you have the right guy, a guy who listens, who likes to know what’s going on, how you play, then it could be easy, and we played a couple of games with Loui [Eriksson] last year, and I like playing with him. He’s a great player, he can pass the puck, and I feel if I play with him, I’ll have even more goals because he’s a great passer. So, but we’ll see what happens. Obviously I’m excited, I would love to play with him, and we’ll see how the camp goes and go from there.

On how much he cares about having a left shot on the right wing…
As long as the winger who is playing on the right side is lefty and he feels comfortable then it doesn’t matter for me. He’s going to be getting passes on his back hand, but at this level it shouldn’t really matter if it’s forehand or back hand. But, maybe for me personally, I think it means that I’ll be getting more passes than Horty [Nathan Horton] or Iggy [Jarome Iginla] they were getting down the right and they just shot it. This time it’s going to be a little bit harder for Loui [Eriksson] or whatever lefty is there. Maybe I’ll get more pucks, more passes to have better scoring chances. So, like I said I feel if I play with him I’ll have more goals and more scoring chances, and it could be good for me.

On if it is important for him personally to score more goals…
I do want to score more goals, that's for sure. Not necessarily because I signed the new deal, but just because I want to get better every year. That’s my goal, get more goals and help the team to win more games, and getting the good spot, good position for playoffs, and go from there.

On the specific areas he’s been working on to increase goals…
I feel like, don’t get me wrong, Milan [Lucic] and Iggy [Jarome Iginla], even Nathan [Horton] before, they were great passers, especially Milan [Lucic]. He can see the ice well and he's a little, people underestimate his… did I say that right in English? His passing. So, but I feel like with Loui [Eriksson] he’s a little bit more of a playmaker than power forward. So, and he’s obviously smart, he’s European. So, [Laughing] I meant to say he’s smart, period. He’s European. That’s what I meant. So, I’m looking forward to it. It’s, I’m kind of going into this camp, obviously I’ve been here for so many years, but this time you don’t know who’s going to be playing on your right side. It looks like Loui [Eriksson], we’ll see what happens, so I’m kind of excited [to see] how the camp will go, how we’re going to create chemistry, and we will see what we’re going to do.

On if he pictures himself and what he will become by the end of this deal…
No. Just one step at a time. I’m only twenty-eight right now so, I feel like I’m just entering my prime right now, and when I’ll be thirty-five that’s going to be my last year, and obviously I’m going to try to be the best player I can be at that age. I know it’s not going to be easy but we’ll see what happens. But that’s a long way from now, so I’m just focusing on this year and we’ll go from there.

On if he thinks he will want to still play at that age…
You know what, I want to win, and I really hope, I think we have the team to make a run, not just one year but the next few years, and in seven years from now, if we’ll have what we’re trying to achieve then it’s going to be an easier decision to go back home, I’ve always wanted to finish my career back home in my hometown. That would be a way easier decision, but if not then I would have to think twice about my next move. But that’s the reason why I signed here. I believe we can win not once, but more times. So, it’s just up to us here and you know, we’ll see what happens. So, seven years is a long way from now and I don’t want to think too much ahead.

On his role as a leader…
It was a learning experience for me. It was a little bit new but I feel like I did an okay job. I don’t think I did a great job at it, but like I said, it was a learning experience. I know what to expect. Right now I know how to treat the other guys in the dressing room and I feel like I can take on a bigger role, so I’m ready and I’ll be doing the same thing as I have been always. I’m going to try to be a little bit more vocal in the room and help the younger guys, but lead by example on the ice. That’s pretty much what you can do.

On David Pastrnak…
I met him for dinner one time when he was drafted and he seems like a nice guy. I’ve never seen him on the ice. You guys have probably seen him more than me. But I’ve heard good things about him, so it would be nice to play with a Czech guy. It’s been a while since Vladdy Sobotka got traded, so it will be nice for me, I’m sure for him as well. He’s only 18 so we’ll see what happens.

On looking forward to his role as a leader, specifically in relation to Pastrnak…
Yeah, I think he’s going to be asking me more questions than other guys — it’s going to be a little bit easier for him with the Czech language, so I’m ready. I’m excited to help him and hopefully he’s going to come to camp and have a good chance to make the team. I haven’t talked to him yet — I got back here last night, so I’m going to talk to him and tell him whatever he needs, just let me know. I’m there for him, so I’m excited to see the guys tomorrow — not just him, but everybody else. I’m excited to get going.

On training in the offseason…
I feel great. I had a long time — I took some time off, but after a few weeks, I got back in the gym and started doing some stuff, so I feel I’m in really good shape. Only time will tell, but I feel great. I wanted to come into camp in the best shape I could be, and I feel I’m — if not, then really, really close.

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