One of the few remaining members of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship team, Krejci has been a staple as the second-line center for the Black and Gold. The 35-year-old said that he would like to return to Boston, but there are some factors that would go into his decision.
One thing is for sure, it doesn’t sound like whether he returns to the Bruins or not, that his career is over. He has expressed a desire to play in his home country of the Czech Republic.
As far as Boston goes, if the Bruins can make the numbers work and Krejci agrees to take somewhat of a pay cut, then something can get done.
When the Bruins acquired Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres on April 11, slotting him beside Krejci and Craig Smith brought a different looking Krejci in terms of his play. He looked like someone who had found a strong step in his play and it gave the Bruins a solid second-line behind their top-line.
A key member of the Boston power play, losing Krejci would be a tough blow up the middle for the Bruins as they are not blessed with depth behind Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.