Return of Krejci?? By Shaun Petipas
Could the Bruins see a return of David Krejci in a matter of months?
In what’s been an active offseason for the Bruins adding multiple new skaters (Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek, Derek Forbort) and a new goalie (Linus Ullmark) there is still a gaping hole left by longtime Bruin David Krejci.
Krejci shocked Bruins fans when GM Don Sweeney announced that he was going to be leaving the NHL and going home to the Czech Republic to play in front of his family. Krejci spent 15 seasons in the NHL and playing for the Bruins before making this decision two months ago when the season ended. To fans Krejci was one of the team’s cornerstone pieces that helped them reach three Stanley Cups and winning one and watching him leave the team will be tough but the door still isn’t completely shut on him returning to the black and gold.
Without Krejci it looks like the team is prepared to go forward with Charlie Coyle as their second line center to start the season, but his mediocre performance last season can they truly count on him to deliver with a former Hart Trophy winner in Taylor Hall next to him. The only other option for the B’s would be to throw young Jack Studnicka into the lineup and see how he can perform on the big stage. Neither option seem like they could produce the way Krejci did during his tenure with the B’s.
Krejci could make a return to the Bruins after his season in the Czech Republic is finished but there are still some hoops he would have to jump through to get on the roster and how realistic are they?
Firstly, he would have to sign with the Bruins before the trade deadline to be eligible for the playoffs. Now the trade deadline is typically in March and it appears that his team HC Olomouc is scheduled to be playing up until mid-March so it might be a tight squeeze if that is what Krejci wants to do. This also means leaving his family once again to come back to the US and it begs the question- whether he would really feel satisfied only playing one season in front of his family?
Another issue that has stemmed from this is how he would get back into the NHL and that would be through the waiver wire where any team can put a claim on him and obtain his rights. Now Krejci doesn’t have to sign with that team and surly he and his agent would notify teams that if they put a claim on him, he would not play for them and would only play for the Bruins. However, that might not stop teams from just claiming him just so the Bruins couldn’t acquire such a talented center before playoffs. He could avoid waivers by signing with the Bruins before early December but with his season just getting underway in Czech that is far from reality.
So, to be real it is a longshot for the Bruins to get Krejci back this coming season but the door remains open if he so chooses to return to Boston.