|David Krejci plans to lead by example while wearing the ‘A’||10.03.13 at 10:28 am ET|
David Krejci has a lot of things these days. He’s a first-line center making a pretty healthy $5.25 million a year, and now he has a shiny new ‘A’ on his sweater.
With the letter, which he’ll share with Chris Kelly, comes more notoriety and perhaps more responsibility, but Krejci isn’t planning on letting the distinction make him something he’s not.
“It’s an honor to still be a Bruin after many years here. Now to have a letter, it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I’m just going to try to do my best every night, try to lead by example on the ice and still be the same guy in the dressing room. I don’t want to change myself. I just want to be the same guy as I’ve been in past years. That’s all I can do.”
Krejci wants to follow the lead of a guy like Patrice Bergeron, who is the ultimate lead-by-example player but also has enough respect from his teammates that they’ll listen when he speaks.
“People don’t really know me, and some people say about me that I’m a quiet guy,” Krejci said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m quiet, but I also wouldn’t say I’m a loud guy. I don’t stand in front of the room and have big speeches. I’m just doing my thing.
“I feel that I’ve been on the team a long time now, and if there has to be something said or done in the dressing room between periods or after games or whatever, I feel like I can say something smart and guys will listen and it will make sense. That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m not going to be somebody that I’m not, but as I’m older, I’ve got more experience so I’m going to try to share that with the rest of the team.”
Krejci is a logical option to wear the letter. Entering his seventh NHL season, he’s one of the team’s top players, has led two of the last three postseasons in points. Yet he wasn’t the only candidate to take Andrew Ference‘s old letter and he knows it.
“You know what? I know I’ve got a letter on my jersey, but it doesn’t mean that there’s only four of us who are going to be leading by example,” he said. “We have other guys. We have Iggy, we have Looch, we have Soup. I don’t want to forget any names, but we have so many guys. We have such good leadership in our dressing room, so it doesn’t really matter who has the ‘A’ or not.”
|Bruins considering building practice facility next to TD Garden||10.02.13 at 3:04 pm ET|
Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs said Wednesday that the team is continuing to look into options for a new practice facility and that building one next to TD Garden is currently his top choice.
The Bruins are long overdue to upgrade from Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, and they’ve had reported interest in practicing at the sports complex being built by New Balance in Brighton.
Delaware North (the Jacobs family’s company) and Boston Properties filed formal plans for a Causeway St. complex last month, and Jacobs said he expects it to be reviewed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November.
“My hope would be that we would have a premier, world-class training facility,” Jacobs said Wednesday. “Not to say that we don’t have one at Ristuccia, but we think we could do better and a little bit of an upgrade. If it works out with our partners at Boston Properties — and we’re still penciling the numbers — there is a good chance that we would have one right next door in addition to some retail [stores], some restaurants.
“It’s a really good concept that we’d be rolling out to fill in this North End. If it happens to be a rink, great. If not, we’ll continue our discussions with [New Balance], with The Skating Club of Boston. There are a number of different options for us out there for us. This might be option 1 in my book at the moment. Things change though. This is a very evolving process.”
|Peter Chiarelli: Extending Dennis Seidenberg ‘pretty high’ priority for Bruins||10.02.13 at 2:38 pm ET|
With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg entering the last season of his contract, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that getting a deal done to keep him in Boston is a high priority and that he’s been in contact with agent J.P. Barry.
“It’s pretty high,” Chiarelli said when asked how he’s prioritizing re-signing Seidenberg. “We’ve had discussions and we’ll figure something out there.”
The Bruins have often re-signed their players during the season (Rich Peverley, David Krejci, Shawn Thornton among others), and Chiarelli has often tried to get players’ new deals done before they even enter the final season of their contract, as he did three years ago when he inked Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron to new deals right before the start of the season.
Seidenberg, 32, is in the final year of a four-year, $13 million deal.
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|Carl Soderberg out for opener, David Krejci a game-time decision||10.02.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
Carl Soderberg will miss Thursday’s regular-season opener due to a left ankle injury suffered last Friday in the Bruins’ preseason finale. He is currently on injured reserve (retroactive to this past Saturday), so he could be eligible to play in this Saturday’s game against the Red Wings if he is healthy enough.
Soderberg did not practice Wednesday, and though he said he has “no idea” when he’ll be able to return to the ice, he’s optimistic that it won’t be too long.
“The foot feels much better, so we’ll see,” he said. “It could take a couple days, but we have no idea.”
With Soderberg not available, Jordan Caron will skate on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
David Krejci, who had previously been off the ice due to back spasms, returned to practice Wednesday and is a game-time decision for the season-opener.
“I felt better,” Krejci said. “Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel even better. It’s going to be a game-time decision. Obviously I want to play, but if I can’t, then I can’t.”
If Krejci is unable to go, look for the B’s to recall Ryan Spooner, who was one of the team’s best players in camp but was sent to Providence because of the Bruins’ logjam at center.
The Bruins also made a roster move Wednesday, placing defenseman Kevan Miller on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence.
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|David Krejci to wear Andrew Ference’s ‘A’ for Bruins||10.01.13 at 3:45 pm ET|
Krejci gets the share of the distinction after Andrew Ference split it with Chris Kelly for the last two seasons. Ference was not brought back by the Bruins in the offseason, and he has since been named captain of the Oilers.
Originally taken by the B’s in the second round of the 2004 draft, Krejci has been the team’s first-line center for three seasons and has twice led the entire postseason in scoring. He did so in 2011 with 23 points and last postseason with 26 points.
In 424 career regular-season games, Krejci has 91 goals and 218 assists for 309 points. He is entering the second season of a three-year, $5.25 million contract.
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|Carl Soderberg ‘highly doubtful’ for Thursday’s season-opener||10.01.13 at 3:23 pm ET|
Claude Julien told reporters at Tuesday’s practice in Vermont that forward Carl Soderberg is “highly doubtful” to play in Thursday’s season-opener with swelling in his ankle. Soderberg was listed as being on injured reserve when NHL’s opening-day rosters were released Tuesday.
Julien added that David Krejci, who also did not practice Tuesday, will skate Wednesday, making his status for Thursday a lot better than Soderberg’s.
With Soderberg likely out, expect Jordan Caron to play in his place as the third-line left wing.
Soderberg suffered the injury in the preseason finale Friday, when he hit a right in the Bruins’ exhibition against the Jets.
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|Bruins season preview: Defense/goalie projections||10.01.13 at 8:24 am ET|
Here’s the second installment of the player projections for the 2013-14 season, featuring defensemen and goalies. For a look at the forwards, click here.
Note: It's silly to predict injuries, so all players' projections will assume they play somewhere in the 75-82-game range. Extra forwards/defensemen aren’t shown given the uncertainty of whether (and where) they’ll play.
Zdeno Chara: 13 goals, 37 assists, 50 points
Chara wasn't bad in the Stanley Cup finals; he was hurt. When he isn't hurt, he's one of the best defensemen in the game. It's as simple as that.
Dennis Seidenberg: 5 goals, 22 assists, 27 points
It's a contract year for the 32-year-old Seidenberg, so he'll have plenty of motivation to perform. Depending on what happens cap-wise and given the Bruins’ group of young defensemen, this could very well be Seidenberg’s last season in Boston.
Dougie Hamilton: 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points
Don't forget how good Hamilton was at the start of last season. If he can sustain that throughout this campaign, the 10-goal mark is certainly within reach.
Torey Krug: 11 goals, 19 assists, 30 points
After what he did against the Rangers, people's expectations of Krug might be a little high, but here's what we do know: He can skate, he's smart, and he'll be on the power play. Points will find him.
Johnny Boychuk: 4 goals, 15 assists, 19 points
Johnny Rocket turned into Johnny Wrist Shot last postseason. It will be interesting to see if his offensive success changes his regular-season approach.
Adam McQuaid: 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points
McQuaid isn't there for his offense, which actually makes him a logical defensive partner to balance out Krug.
Tuukka Rask: 54 starts, 2.20 goals-against average, .922 save-percentage
This isn’t a suggestion that Rask will take a step backwards performance-wise, but smaller goalie pads plus a Red Wings team that should score more than it did let season minus Andrew Ference should equal more human numbers.
The only question regarding Rask there should be is whether he can physically handle a full season and playoffs, something he’s never done as a starter at the NHL level. Rask did play 57 regular-season games and 16 playoff contests in the 2008-09 season for Providence, but he hadn’t played into late June in the previous season.
Chad Johnson: 28 starts, 2.41 goals-against average, .912 save-percentage
The 27-year-old Johnson doesn’t have a ton of NHL experience (10 games), but he’s been good at the NHL level with a 1.97 GAA, .929 save percentage and a shutout. We’ll see how good a replacement for Anton Khudobin he ends up being.
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