Boston Bruins forward David Krejci still needs more time before he can return
David Krejci seemed like one of the few bright spots on a dismal off-season for the cap-hindered Boston Bruins.
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One of the team’s many second-round selections who had developed into stars, Krejci was nearing the end of his three year, $15 million contract — so when he signed a multi-year extension right before the season began, it was a relief to know the team wasn’t going to let another piece of the cup-contending core head elsewhere.
In his first eleven games of the 2014-2015 season, he did quite well for himself; for a playmaking center still adjusting to a rotating carousel of right wings, three goals and seven assists is nothing to scoff at.
These numbers would look a lot nicer, though, if they were only a portion of Krejci’s 2014 production thus far — but with a nagging lower body injury carrying over from the pre-season into the regular games, Krejci hasn’t been on the ice for that twelfth game yet.
The team left him in Boston for their road trip through the Western Conference, in which they got demolished by each of the three California teams before picking up a consolation win against the abysmal Arizona Coyotes. The team hoped that, upon their return, Krejci would be good to go; but although captain Zdeno Chara has been confirmed to play Thursday, the Czech forward looks like he still needs more time.
If this was a broken bone or a surgery, an absence this lengthy wouldn’t even show up on our radar; but David Krejci spent some time in and out of the lineup before officially being placed on injured reserve. The team hasn’t specified what kind of hip injury Krejci is suffering from exactly, but the fact that he’s still not cleared to return certainly isn’t good news.
Luckily, with Chara coming back this week, the team’s lowest point is hopefully behind them — and going 11-7-1 during the captain’s absence is certainly not that bad.
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