Over the past few days, trade rumors have swirled around the Boston Bruins and their top line center David Krejci. Many reported that the Bruins were considering shipping Krejci—along with their 2011 first round draft choice, defenseman Dougie Hamilton—to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for scoring winger Bobby Ryan.
You can throw those rumors out the window today. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference to announce the three-year extension that Krejci and Boston have agreed upon.
The extension is reported to be worth an average of $5.25 million per season in terms of its cap hit.
I may have been intrigued by the idea of Bobby Ryan in black and gold, but I won't lose sleep over keeping the current roster intact, a roster that torched the league in November, compiling a 12-0-1 record.
The question that still needs to be answered, though, is that of whether or not this extension was the right move for the Boston Bruins.
Krejci was the guy who led the team in scoring last postseason, racking up 23 points en route to a Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks. While he has picked up his production of late—most notably his three-point night against Toronto on Wednesday—his play for the season has been inconsistent and soft as a whole.
I don't think anyone has a problem keeping Krejci in town, but in the end, is he a true top line center worth upwards of $5 million per season?
The big problem that I see here is the impending extension that the Bruins will owe Tyler Seguin in the coming years. Seguin is in the second year of his rookie deal—a three-year entry level contract—and he will be primed for a pretty big pay day if he keeps producing at the rate he has this season.
Through 24 games, the second-year budding star is on pace to eclipse the 40-goal mark and the 85-point plateau. Granted, he may not continue production at a level that high. If he does, however, he will be owed more money than the Bruins may currently be able to afford.
Additionally, the extension of Krejci may create conflicts in the positional arrangement of the Bruins' players. Many project Seguin to be a long-term center for the organization, but extending Krejci virtually assures that he and Patrice Bergeron will be the top two centers for the next several seasons.
If Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins have elected to keep Seguin at the wing, then this signing is understandable and justifiable. Still, there are always areas of concern that come with a contract this large.
Whether you're a fan of the signing or not, it is clear that the Bruins' management has confidence in its formula.
They won a cup last year, didn't they? Who are we to question their choices?
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