Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/29/11 at 12:14 PM ET
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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