The Bruins signed center David Krejci to a contract extension today, according to a press release from the Bruins' website.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed center David Krejci (pronounced "KRAY-chee") to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The 25-year-old Krejci was drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has skated in 318 career NHL games – all with Boston – and has registered 62 goals and 165 assists for 227 points. Krejci has tied for the Bruins team lead in points in each of the last two seasons, tallying 52 points in 2009-10 and 62 points in 2010-11. He set career highs in goals, assists, points, games played and plus/minus during the 2008-09 season after tallying 22-51=73 totals in 82 games with a +37 rating.
(Yes I left the pronounciation in there on purpose).
Reportedly, the contract is for $5.25M/year with a modified no-trade clause in years two and three: Krejci has given Chiarelli a short list of 6 teams he won't be traded to.
While the contract seems huge, Krejci *is* one of the Bruins' two top line centers, as well as last year's top playoff points getter. Perhaps his game last night was a show of what Krejci can do when the contract pressure is off.