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

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2017

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. .

Krejci Has All the Offensive Skills You Want in a Forward

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    David Krejci is a brilliant passer, but also has good goal-scoring ability. He had 13 goals and 49 assists for 62 points in the regular season last year, and also gave the Bruins solid defensive play as a forward.

    Krejci became the Bruins' top-line center with Marc Savard injured indefinitely due to concussion issues. Krejci took the role and never looked back.

    Him and linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton formed one of the most potent lines in hockey and accounted for many important goals during the Bruins' Stanley Cup title run last season.

    He’s only 25 years old and his skills still have the ability to improve considerably.

Krejci Is a Very Good Playoff Performer

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    When David Krejci was knocked out of the 2010 NHL Playoffs in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals by a crushing hit from then Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, the Bruins lost one of their best forwards and playmakers.

    The team couldn’t recover from the Krejci injury, and you know what happened in THAT series.

    Last season, Krejci returned to the playoffs with the Bruins as the team’s top-line center and led the entire playoffs with 23 points and 12 goals.

    Krejci was a consistent offensive performer, and his playmaking and defensive abilities were crucial to the Bruins' Stanley Cup championship.

Krejci Is a Solid Two-Way Forward

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    Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien plays a very defensive style of hockey, and if you don’t give 100 percent effort to the defensive aspect of the game, he won’t give you much ice time.

    Krejci, along with teammate Patrice Bergeron, are solid defensive forwards.

    Without either in the lineup, the Bruins are much more beatable and there seems to be a large hole in the defense.

    There isn't much Krejci can't do on the ice to help the Bruins win games.

Krejci Is Well Worth $5 Million Annually

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    David Krejci is the No. 1 center on the Boston Bruins, and thus will want to be paid like a team’s top center, and deservedly so.

    Krejci will likely get a contract around $5 million per season, which would be fair to him and the team.

    With a new big contract, however, Krejci will need to be as good in the regular season as he was in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or at least close to it.

    He needs to be a more consistent player for the all 82 regular-season games and help the players around him get better from his playmaking ability.

Krejci Has Proved to Be Durable, and Improves Each Season

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    David Krejci has room for improvement in many of his skills, and has shown the ability to improve in those areas each season he’s been with the Boston Bruins.

    Helping him improve at a nice rate is his durability. In the last three seasons, Krejci has played at least 75 of the 82 regular-season games, which is very good for a young player with not a lot of size.

    Krejci improved his point total from 52 during the 2009-10 season to 62 last season. 

     

    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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