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Aug 28, 2014

Bruins Rumors: David Krejci Discussing Contract Extension

By on 6:40 PM

The Boston Bruins and first-line center David Krejci have started talking about a new contract.

WEEI's DJ Bean says the two parties have had "casual discussions" with Krejci's agent about a new contract for the 28-year-old forward.

Krejci has been been a dominant force during the postseason, where he led his Bruins in playoff scoring in both Stanley Cup runs in 2011 and 2013. The Czech forward also represented his country in the Sochi Olympics in February.

According to Bean's sources, there's an expectation these talks should ramp up soon, as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has a tendency to get deals done with franchise players before contract years. Chiarelli did it with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron before the 2010-'11 season and again last summer when he signed Bergeron to an eight-year, $52M extension.

It remains to be seen how the Bruins might work Krejci's contract, as after the 2014-'15 season, the Bruins are going to have make quite a few signings--in fact, less than half of their active players are signed through next year.

Of course, the considerations of Marc Savard's LTIR impact on the salary cap and the rise of the cap might make things easier, but CapGeek presently says the Bruins only have 10 players with about $22M in cap space signed for next season.

Either way, Krejci seems to be sitting pretty. He either will re-sign with Boston, or he'll immediately surge to the top of the list of highly-coveted centers in the free agency market.

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