BOSTON — The other day after his first informal practice with the Bruins, Benoit Pouliot said he chatted with new teammate David Krejci about their vicious fight last season when Pouliot was still with the hated Montreal Canadiens.
After the Bruins’ physicals and conditioning tests today at TD Garden (on-ice practices begin tomorrow), Krejci said even that wasn’t necessary from the newest Bruin.
“It was nothing personal when we fought,” said Krejci. “He wanted to fight, I wanted to fight him, that’s what happened. He wanted to fight and there was no reason for him apologize to me or anything like that, it’s nothing personal. It’s business. That’s what happens in hockey. We talked about it and he seems like a nice guy. I don’t know him that well but I’m sure he’s a nice guy.”
The Pouliot fight was one of two Krejci engaged in during the season against Montreal. But it was the only one where he really had his lunch handed to him. Luckily for the Bruins, they don’t need Krejci to be a bruiser, they just need him to be their No. 1 center. He says he’s ready for another season of orchestrating the offense.
“Obviously there was a lots of games when the other team was making it hard on us, not just on the ice but they tried to throw us out of the game mentally,” said Krejci when asked about life as the No. 1 center. “So I’m kind of prepared for it this year and it should be a fun year.”