As free agency settles down and players find their home for the season, many Bruin fans are still wondering if Don Sweeney will make any big trades to shake up the roster a bit. The answer? No, he will not.
The reasoning behind this is because David Krejci would be involved in the deal and he is here to stay.
Sweeney really loved the idea of putting a three-headed monster down the middle of the ice with John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron and Krejci, but it wasn’t realistic. Krejci trade talks started as Tavares told Boston they were in the running for his services. The idea was to prepare to move Krejci’s contract if they couldn’t get Torey Krug shipped out.
Krejci, 32, has been a cornerstone of the Bruins roster for nearly a decade and his performance in 2011 definitely helped pushed them through the top and bring home the greatest trophy in sports. Since then, he has declined, playing been rather lackluster and being injury-plagued the past couple years. However, when he is healthy and performing with good wingers, he still has the look of a first line center.
Krejci would’ve been a hard sell to opposing teams, since his contract is pretty sizeable and he is on the back 9 of his career. Nonetheless, the Bruins would’ve jumped on an offer if it meant bringing in Tavares, but he decided to go home to Toronto.
This year will be a huge year for Krejci as he tries to prove the doubters wrong and to mold the young kids into the system. If Krejci can have a line of DeBrusk and Pasta/Nash, then we could see a career year out of him again down the middle. I’m looking forward to see what his line does in training camp and the season.
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