Bruins center David Krejci spent the first three months of the hockey season playing in his native Czech Republic during the NHL lockout, but those days are over for now. Krejci confirmed to CSNNE.com in an email that his contract has run out with the HC Pardubice team he played on from October-December. Now hes simply watching and waiting to see what happens with the lockout just like everybody else.
Krejci will remain in the Czech Republic for the present time, and then make a decision once things resolved in the next few weeks. The 26-year-old playmaking pivot will obviously head to Boston if the NHL and NHLPA can hammer a new CBA out in the next two weeks prior to potential 2013 NHL regular season cancellation. It also remains a consideration that Krejci will remain playing in the Czech Republic if the entire NHL season is bagged.
My contract is done, but Im still in Czech for now, said Krejci to CSNNE.com. Im waiting for whats going to happen with the NHL in the next couple of weeks.
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Krejci finished with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for Pardubice along with a plus-3 rating, and is one of 13 Bruins that traveled to Europe this season while attempting to stay sharp during the NHL lockout.
Krejci is entering the first year of a three-year contract extension that will pay him 5.25 million per season, and is coming off a career-high 23 goals scored for the Bruins last season. Patrice Bergeron is similarly finished with his contract playing for HC Lugano in the Swiss A League and will headed back to North America after participating in the European Spengler Cup tournament this week.