The Boston Bruins locked up one of their own for the long haul on Wednesday, signing center David Krejci to a six-year contract extension. The deal will kick in for the 2015-2016 season, and is believed to be worth $43.5 million; carrying an average annual value of $7.25 million.
The 28-year-old Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season, with 69 points in 80 games. He also led the NHL in plus/minus at plus-39. A native of the Czech Republic, Krejci did not see his fine regular season translate into postseason success. In 12 playoff games, Krejci did not score a goal and had only four assists. He was also minus-three.
Krejci was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but instead he is now set to become the Bruins’ highest paid player. Selected by the Bruins in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he has played 504 games for the franchise; scoring 378 points. In 2011, he led the NHL in playoff scoring, en route to the Bruins capturing the Stanley Cup.
In addition to a large increase in pay, Krejci’s new deal also provides security. It contains a full no movement clause for the first four years; with a limited no trade clause in the final two seasons.
The Krejci signing is the biggest move in a quiet summer for the Bruins. Due to cap constraints, they were forced to let his linemate Jarome Iginla walk. Iginla signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche on the first day of free agency.