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Bruins give David Krejci three-year extension

The Bruins announced Thursday morning that they have signed center David Krejci [1] to a three-year extension. According to TSN, Krejci, who would have been a restricted free agent at season’s end, will get $5.25 million a year with his new deal. The 25-year-old is in the final year of a deal that pays him $3.75 million a year.

The new deal also includes a limited no-trade clause, according to TSN [2]. Krejci could block a trade to six teams.

Krejci’s signing takes care of what would have been the team’s biggest financial question mark at season’s end. The B’s also re-signed Rich Peverley [3] in October to prevent him from reaching free agency, and with Krejci now signed, Tuukka Rask [4] (restricted) and Chris Kelly [5] (unrestricted) may be bumped up to the top of general manager Peter Chiarelli‘s to-do list. Gregory Campbell [6], Shawn Thornton [7], Daniel Paille [8], Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk [9] are also set to become unrestricted free agents.

The new contract will also make Krejci the highest-paid forward on the Bruins, and the second-highest paid Bruin. Captain Zdeno Chara [10]‘s deal has an annual cap hit of $6.916 cap hit.

The signing comes the morning after Krejci led the way in Boston’s 6-3 win over Toronto Wednesday. The first-line center had three points (1 G, 2 A) in the victory.┬áThe Bruins drafted Krejci in the second round of the 2004 draft. In his NHL [11] career, he has 62 goals and 165 assists for 227 points. He led the postseason in scoring during last spring’s Stanley Cup [12] run.