Andy Brickley on D&C: David Krejci ‘hasn’t been good enough’
|02.08.12 at 11:18 am ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning and talked about David Krecji being dropped to the third line, the evolution of Patrice Bergeron, and the tough road ahead for the Bruins.
Krecji, who usually plays on the first line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, saw his role changed when he was put on the third line. Brickley looked at the move as Bruins coach Claude Julien trying to ignite a spark under the veteran.
‘You always have to be as measured as you can be as a coach in order to get the desired results,” Brickley said. “But I will guess that David Krecji going to the third line, things have happened prior to this move to try to get more from David Krejci. … From time to time these are the things you have to do to get his attention in order to get more out of him.’
Brickley said the move isn’t that much of a shock, based on how Krecji had been playing with Rich Peverly, who was a replacement on the line for the injured Nathan Horton.
‘He’s affected by not having Nathan Horton on his right side, he’s real comfortable when he plays in between Lucic and Horton,” Brickley said. “Peverly gives you a totally different element on that right side. I don’t think he and David Krecji are a good mix, I think they’ve proven that, there’s a little bit of stretch where it hasn’t gone their way.
“But David Krecji is good enough to dictate how that line plays. He hasn’t been good enough, and Claude needs to figure out a way to get more out of him. And I’m sure he’s had conversations with him, I’m sure that they’ve made adjustments on how they want to move the puck and how they want to break it out and how they want to forecheck given the personnel that he’s playing with. And now it’s gotten to the point where I’m going to win hockey games by putting other lines together that I know what I’m going to get from, and David, you make your adjustments playing with these two other players.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
More on Krecji and his consistency issue: “When you want to be regarded as a top player in this league, a top player salary-wise on your team, as far as your salary structure is concerned, what you want to be perceived as across the league, you want to live up to the reputation that you helped build during last year’s playoffs, then you have to do it on a more consistent [basis], night in and night out, no matter how much of a lead we have in our division, no matter how secure we are in the playoff standings.”
On Bergeron having his best season: “Absolutely, and I really don’t even care what the numbers tell you. The eyeball test tells you just how good he is and how much he means to this team, how good he’s been in all three zones, his attitude, his role model status. This kid gets it, he’s gotten it since he was 18 years old. He came in as a second-rounder and made the team right out of his first camp.”
On the Bruins’ upcoming road trip and the trade deadline: “At the end of this month they have an 11-day road trip, they’re going to play a bunch of teams that are bubble teams, Buffalo being one of them. We’re getting into that area now, that final month here before the trade deadline, if the Bruins are going to make additions, [they] would like to make it during that road trip to get the new players acclimated to their team. But there’s so many teams that are on the bubble, who do you target as a team that’s willing to make deals? Right now you only have six teams that are out of the playoff structure.”