David Krejci

David Krejci doesn't want Bruins to sell off parts

DJ Bean
February 03, 2016 - 8:30 am
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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins are currently in playoff standing in a bad division. Even with all their flaws, they shouldn'€™t be particularly scared of anyone in the Eastern Conference outside of Washington. Despite that, they'€™re not close to being a Stanley Cup contender. Things get complicated when considering that the Bruins could very well end up trading one of their better players in Loui Eriksson, which could bump them out of being a playoff team altogether. That could trigger a bigger rebuild, which the team would have to hope wouldn'€™t take up too much of players like 29-year-old David Krejci'€™s prime years. Krejci, who has centered Eriksson and enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career, wants the team to re-sign the veteran wing. He does not want the team to move big pieces and fall out of the playoff picture. "You don'€™t want that, especially after last year, but I thought they did a good job of bringing guys. We'€™re still a playoff team," Krejci said. "You don'€™t to be sitting with many games and just going through the motions, out of the playoffs. We still have a playoff team, and in the playoffs, you never know." Eriksson has been Krejci'€™s most common linemate this season, as the two have been together for 465:31 of Krejci'€™s 589:14 of 5-on-5 time. The versatile winger is in the final year of his contract and the team is willing to trade the player if they feel there isn'€™t enough common ground to eventually extend him. Krejci, who is in the first year of a six-year contract, doesn'€™t want that to happen. "It'€™s kind of out of my [hands], but I really love playing with him," Krejci said. "It would be nice, but you kind of have to dig deep with where our management really wants to go in the next few years because Loui obviously isn'€™t looking for a one-year deal, right? I'€™m sure Loui would like to stay --€” I don'€™t want to speak for him - but I would love for him to stick around." Regardless of what the Bruins do, Krejci wants his prime years to be spent with the Bruins contending. "This NHL right now, there'€™s so many young guys," Krejci said. "Even if you get some new guys --€” if they'€™re the right guys, we should still be a playoff team." There isn't an easy solution for the Bruins. Trading guys like Eriksson might make it a couple of years before they're good again, though they would have more candidates to replace key players should they be moved via trade. If they do more of a soft rebuild, as this past offseason indicated, they might not get much better than what they are now.

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