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Can The Bruins Afford David Krejci?

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

So aside from a new pair of his customary skates, what makes things different for the Czech Republic center this season?

Well, Krejci’s contract is up at the end of the season as a restricted free agent and there hasn’t been a great deal of movement toward a new deal. It’s expected the center will be seeking a payday in the Patrice Bergeron neighborhood of $5 million per season, and that becomes a problem of simple roster math.

The Bruins have three potential top line centers well under the age of 30 in Krejci, Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, and none of them would really fit in a third line center role. Temporarily Seguin is playing the wing and everything is good. But eventually those three centers will need to be pared town to a pair when it comes to salary cap considerations and simple roster composition.

That’s the reality of the situation.

So Krejci’s name has been whispered in trade possibilities without any actual deals coming to the forefront. It would clearly have to be a major score for the Bruins to move their young playoff hero, but it’s also more of a possibility this season than it’s ever been before given the surplus down the middle.


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I looked at his stats. I any watched amount of bruins hockey, but his production makes him a $3M/yr player. He had one season with 20 goals. That was 3 years ago. He was 17 goals two years ago and 13 goals last year. That doesn’t really sound like a $5M/yr player to me.
If I were a GM and a player came to me wanting money based on his skill instead of his production, I’d tell them to take a hike and find someone who gets more mileage from his skill, someone who must work a little more at it.

Posted by teldar on 11/29/11 at 01:10 PM ET

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Well, the CBA is going to change, so this may all be irrelevant.

The one thing that is true no matter what happens with the CBA is that the injury factor makes this a very difficult decision. Bergeron is one seemingly harmless hit away from being where Marc Savard is. But you won’t trade Bergeron because he has a NMC, and even if he didn’t, he’s a leadership/fan favorite kind of guy that also produces points and plays great D.

Krejci pretty much has to be traded or signed to a one year deal, just by process of elimination, and it would be stupid for Krejci to accept a one year deal at his age. Assuming the ceiling doesn’t change by much with the new CBA, or if it does, the teams are given some mechanism to comply without having to blow up their existing rosters, the bigger issue will be if arbitration and or RFA compensation is changed in any way.

If it doesn’t change, you figure the Bruins can and will match anything in the lowest three tiers, and I would assume anything in the fourth tier or above and they’d be tickled to let him walk and take the picks. Which is exactly what there won’t be an offer sheet unless things change in the compensation.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/29/11 at 02:02 PM ET

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