You can cross “sign a new contract” off Boston Bruins center David Krejci’s summer to-do list. Now he can move on to task No. 2, which is have hip surgery and be available to play for the Bruins as soon as possible this fall.
Krejci, who agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Bruins worth a reported $11.25 million Tuesday, will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair his nagging hip injury. Today during a conference call he explained why he signed a new contract well in advance of becoming a restricted free agent July 1.
“Obviously, I wanted to sign before the first of July 1 and have a summer just to focus to get ready for the season,” said Krejci, who despite the balky hip set a career high with 73 points (second most on the Bruins). “And this was the place that I wanted to play next year and many years. And (general manager) Peter (Chiarelli) with my agent, they got a deal. Me and my agent decided it’s a good deal, and I love the city and it’s a place that I want to play. So I’m very happy and very excited for the next few years.” (more…)