Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
The Boston Bruins confirmed David Krejci's new contract via the team's Twitter account on Thursday:
David Krejci has long been an integral part of the Boston Bruins' attack, and it looks like it's going to stay that way for a long time.
According to a league source cited by WEEI.com's DJ Bean, Peter Chiarelli and his staff have come to an agreement on a new six-year contract with their 28-year-old center:
Source: 6-years, $43.5 million for Krejci from Bruins.— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 3, 2014
Krejci will get $7.25 million in each of first two years of deal, $7.5 million next two, $7 million final two. #Bruins— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 3, 2014
Aaron Ward of TSN has the financial details:
Krejci is set to enter the last year of his current contract in 2014-15, and according to Bean, the new deal doesn't go into effect until the 2015-16 NHL campaign. That means Krejci is signed to be a Bruin for the next seven seasons, or until he's 35.
With this deal, he will be Boston's highest-paid player from a cap-figure perspective, but he has unquestionably earned the raise.
A member of the Bruins since the 2006-07 season, Krejci has been a model of consistency. He hasn't missed more than seven games in a season over the last six years, scoring at least 0.7 points per game in all but one campaign over that stretch.
He was given the Golden Stick Award for Czechoslovakia's best player in 2013 and followed that up with one of the best seasons of his career in 2013-14. Leading the Bruins to the top spot in the East, he finished with 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists) in 80 games and a league-high plus-minus of plus-39.
There may be some worry about the monetary details, but as Bean noted, it could have been much steeper:
When talking doomsday future cap scenarios, you had to figure Krejci would get ~$7.5 million-$8 million. This is a discount. #Bruins— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 3, 2014
Sometimes it's worth paying to keep a talented core together, and that's exactly what the Bruins have done.
The team's top two centers, Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, are now locked down for the better part of the next decade, while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson all have at least two more seasons until hitting free agency.
In other words, don't expect the Bruins to be going away in the East anytime soon.