David Krejci introduced he is not going to return to the Boston Bruins subsequent season, leaving the NHL after 15 seasons to return house to Czech Republic.
“For the reason that finish of the season, as I’ve thought of my future, it has grow to be clear that I have to make a tough determination for my household and I. At this level in my profession and life, I have to return to the Czech Republic and play in entrance of my household, who sacrificed a lot to assist me obtain my NHL desires,” he stated in a press release on Friday. “I wish to play in entrance of my mother and father, brother and mates. I would like my youngsters to dwell the place I grew up.”
Krejci, a 35-year-old middle, and the Bruins confronted a tough determination this offseason. He was hitting unrestricted free company for the primary time. He was coming off a six-year contract with a $7.25 million cap hit. He is 35 and had spoken about ending his hockey profession in his native Czech Republic, somewhat than returning for one more season in Boston.
Krejci, performed 962 video games within the NHL with the Bruins, who chosen him 63rd general within the 2004 NHL Draft. He leaves with 215 objectives and 515 assists, skating to a plus-143. He was a member of the Czech Republic’s 2010 and 2014 Olympic males’s hockey groups.
He was a member of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship group, main the postseason with 23 factors in 25 video games. His scoring prowess after the common season ended earned the nickname “Playoff Krejci,” as his 124 factors in 156 postseason video games throughout his profession ranked fifth amongst gamers with at the very least 120 playoff appearances.
“The Bruins group has handled me with the utmost respect. I’m so grateful for my teammates, the trainers and help workers; coaches and administration who’ve allowed me to be part of so many nice groups,” he stated. “I’ve beloved each Bruins group I’ve been part of.” Krejci’s determination leaves the Bruins with out their No. 2 middle behind Patrice Bergeron. They did re-sign his left wing from final season, Taylor Corridor, to a four-year, $24-million deal. Boston has simply over $1.8 million in open cap house.