This may not be news to all of you, as this was reported back in late September/early October, but I must have missed that, because it is news to me. Which is that it would seem that 15-year NHL veteran and ex-longtime Bruins centerman David Krejčí is done with the city of Boston (and the Bay State, in general) for good.
As per reports by WEEI (and multiple real estate agencies, for that matter), the former Black and Gold playmaker reportedly sold his upscale home in Charlestown for a fitting $4.046 million dollars. Originally listed for $3.99 million and change, the 4,516-square foot brownstone sold for so much beyond asking that it broke Charlestown’s previous real estate record sale that was set 30 years ago, but I digress.
And while this in no way rules out the possibility of Krejčí suiting up for the B’s come playoff time later next spring (as many had speculated tirelessly upon his departure), this news does dampen that notion quite a bit. Actually, if I’m being totally honest, it turtles the very speculation almost entirely.
Beyond that, since joining HC Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga, Krejčí has been the age-old adage of “there’s no place like home” come to life with his over a point a game scoring — 12 points (7 goals and 5 assists) in 10 games — with his hometown pro hockey club, so far. And I must admit, it is nice to see Krejčí receive the ‘hometown hero’ recognition in the Czech Republic that he never quite got in over a decade plus right here in Boston. But of course, that is not his fault, that is on us as a city, a whole region even.
Moreover, given the open secret of Krejčí’s long held desire to finish his career in front of his family back home (a reality he is now thriving in) and the question of retirement getting louder by the day, a return to the B’s just seems less and less feasible for the 35-year old.
Indeed, as at this point, Krejčí coming back to TD Garden to play for a Bruins team too in denial to admit it is knee-deep in a rebuild, is frankly one of the last Bruins things this Bruins fan wants to see.