NHL Free Agents: Boston Bruins Re-Sign Brad Marchand, David Krejci Likely Next

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NHL Free Agents: Boston Bruins Re-Sign Brad Marchand, David Krejci Likely Next
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The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Brad Marchand to a new two-year contract, and now it’s time for the team to extend the contract of another important player, center David Krejci.

According to CSNNE.com, the Bruins have reportedly already begun talks with Krejci regarding a new contract.

The 25-year-old playmaker is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $3.75 million for the 2011-12 season, according to CapGeek. If Krejci completes his contract and does not sign an extension, he will become a restricted free agent next summer.

Krejci is arguably the most valuable Bruins forward, and he is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. He led the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs in points and goals, and had the assist on the only goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins have enough salary cap space to be able to re-sign Krejci and still have some money left over if they need to make a mid-season move.

Let’s look at five reasons the Bruins need to re-sign David Krejci.

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins featured columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston. Follow him on Twitter for NHL/Bruins news and analysis. .

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