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David Krejci was not happy with Bruins' pursuit of John Tavares

Erin Walsh
September 05, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Everyone in the hockey world knows that John Tavares was the most sought after free agent this summer.

Tavares met with six teams and ultimately ended up signing a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs to pursue his “childhood dream.” The Bruins were very much in on the Tavares sweepstakes, but one Bruin in particular was not too happy about it.

According to Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston, David Krejci wasn’t pleased.

“I had no idea what was going on," he said. "My agent didn’t tell me [anything] because he said he didn’t know anything. I didn’t get any phone calls from anyone from the Bruins. So I was just getting those Instagram messages [telling me to request a trade] in my inbox. I know that I have a no-trade so they would have to call me [if they did end up signing Tavares]."

Krejci is the Bruins second-line center, behind Patrice Bergeron. He plays a very important role in the Bruins success and if Tavares had signed with Boston, Krejci could’ve been traded or demoted to third-line center.

“Yeah, that wasn’t kind of something I enjoyed. But it was over pretty quick. It was a quick couple of weeks. It is what it is,” said Krejci.

Obviously no player wants to be replaced and Krejci had every right to be upset. Now that the Tavares deal is done, Krejci is ready to step up and do anything to help the team win during the 2018-19 season.

“I love being here and I’ve got three years left, so for me it was just about getting ready to be the best player I can be," he said. "I’m still young and I feel like I still have some of my best years in front of me. Maybe not 70 or 80 points production-wise, but maybe more of a complete player and helping out the young guys grow.”

The 32 year old amassed 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) last season and added 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 12 playoff games.