Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/11/11 at 03:06 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
• The Bruins and David Krejci have initiated talks regarding a contract extension. If recent history is a benchmark, he should be signing a new deal before the start of the season. Last fall, the Bruins locked up Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron during camp.
Krejci, 25, is entering the final season of a three-year, $11.25 million contract. Now that Marc Savard’s career is most likely over, Krejci should be the club’s No. 1 center for at least the next five years….
• The chorus among NHLers, especially of the dangling variety, has been for lighter sticks. The manufacturers listened, and today’s one-piece graphite models are the lightest they’ve been, resulting in heavy, whiplike snap shots. But virtually every player has learned the hard way that those sticks snap at the worst times. It’s commonplace to see a player throw away shards of his stick just as the opponent starts an odd-man rush. It’s also a regular occurrence to see the faces of general managers go white when their equipment managers submit the stick bills. But several stick manufacturers are beginning to hear from sheepish players who admit their pieces are too light. If that’s the case and builders return to stiffer sticks, the shoot-and-shatter days may have seen their peak.
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