Despite rumors to the contrary, Boston Bruins center David Krejci
will remain Black & Gold property.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed Krejci to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.
"David is a special player and he's also a special person," said Chiarelli from the dais at TD Garden Thursday afternoon. "In today's hockey world, hockey economy, he might have been able to go somewhere else for more money and he might have been able to ask for more money but he didn't.
"I think we've seen this with a bunch of our players that we've been signing lately and it speaks to his willingness and his wanting to win, be part of a winning team and to help a team win."
Krejci, 25, was drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has skated in 318 career NHL games with Boston and has registered 62 goals and 165 assists for 227 points.
"I want to say that I'm really happy that I'll be a Bruin for the next three years," said Krejci, who thanked Chiarelli, the Jacobs family as well as his teammates and coaching staff. "I love this city.
"I love the team, I love to play here, so I'm very happy [to sign] this deal."
The Bruins and their fans should be pretty happy, too.
Tied for the Bruins team lead in points in each of the last two seasons (52 points in 2009-10 and 62 points in 2010-11), Krejci also set career highs in goals, assists, points, games played and plus/minus during the 2008-09 season after earning 22-51-73 totals in 82 games with a +37 rating.
Most importantly, during the Bruins 2010-11 Stanley Cup Championship run, Krejci finished as the NHL’s playoff scoring leader with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 25 games -- the first Bruin to do so since Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr shared the postseason scoring title in 1972.
Krejci's 12 playoff goals included four gamewinners and one hat trick and David also earned the primary assist on Nathan Horton
’s gamewinning goal against Tampa in Game Seven that propelled the Bruins to their first Cup Final since 1990.
"He plays big at big times, which is important," said Chiarelli. "He’s got a real good clutch element to his game."
Chiarelli also stressed how important Krejci's "hockey sense" has become for the Bruins.
"David’s biggest asset is his head," said Krejci. "He sees the ice so well, he makes plays, he uses the players around him, he’s very competitive and he’s got a very well-rounded game.
"I think his game is underrated by its two-way component. He’s got a lot of real good offensive skills and instincts, but I think the two-way component of the game... [is] important when you want to win championships.
"I think he takes pride in that."
This season, the 6-foot, 188-pound Sternberk, Czech Republic native has appeared in 20 games and tallied 4-9-13 totals. He is coming off a three-point performance against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, November 30 after notching one goal and two assists.
But Krejci certainly takes pride in being able to call the Bruins the 2011 Stanley Cup champions.
Asked why he decided to re-sign and stay in Boston Krejci explained, "We won the Cup last year and I feel that this team can do it again.
"I want to be part of it," added Krejci. "It was a really great experience and I hope that I'll win it one more time.
"I feel like I have a really good chance here with this team and that was the biggest reason."