|David Krejci on Tim Thomas: ‘No one knew what was going on in his head’||10.17.13 at 12:59 pm ET|
SUNRISE, Fla. — Hours before the Bruins were set to take on Tim Thomas Thursday at BB&T Center, Bruins forward and alternate captain David Krejci said that the team lost hold of what was going on with the two-time Vezina winner in his final season with the team, which was followed by Thomas leaving the Bruins and sitting out a year.
“At the end of his career in Boston, we all know what happened with the White House and all those things, so after that it was kind of tough to read his mind,” Krejci said. “No one knew what was going on in his head. It was kind of surprising, his decision, but you’ve got to respect it. He had his reasons. It’s his life, so I don’t want to comment on his life.”
The incident to which Krejci referred was of course the team’s trip to the White House in January of 2012 in the annual visit between the reigning Stanley Cup champions and the President. The entire team was joined by former teammates such as Tomas Kaberle and Shane Hnidy, but Thomas — as was his right — elected to not go for political reasons.
The team pleaded with Thomas for him to go, and though teammates tried to downplay it at the time, Krejci admitted Thursday that there was confusion among the rest of the team and that Thomas never addressed it with teammates, nor they with him.
“Obviously we were really surprised that he didn’t show up for that event,” Krejci said. “It is what it is. We didn’t talk about it in the room. It was better for our team not to talk about it, so that’s what we decided to it. It was never brought up again.”
Former Bruin Tyler Seguin told the Florida Sun Sentinel this month that “at the time [Thomas left], there was a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouths,” but Krejci said that he didn’t feel that way about the 2011 Conn Smythe winner.
“Not me. Some players, maybe,” Krejci said. “If Tyler said that, that’s his opinion. Everybody’s allow to have their opinion. I just took it the way it was. I never brought it up, I never really talked about his business off the ice or his plans. I was fine with him.”
|Jarome Iginla on his slow start to season: ‘I’ve been here many times’||10.15.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
The numbers are not pretty for 36-year-old Jarome Iginla to start the Boston portion of his career.
No goals, one assist in five games on 19 shots.
The effort is there, like the rest of the team. But like the rest of the Bruins, the finishing touch has yet to be put on his work. After failing to get the right winger at the trade deadline last spring, the Bruins signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal in the summer with the hopes of successfully replacing Nathan Horton and giving another right wing – 22-year-old Jordan Caron – more time to mature.
Last season, he had one goal in his first 16 games before finishing with 14 between Calgary and Pittsburgh. In 2011-12, he opened with two goals in his first 10 games and four in his first 15. The year before? Two goals in his first 17 games, before breaking out with a hat trick in Game No. 18.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here many times,” Iginla said Monday. “It’s all part of the game and you just try to work hard and keep going and keep getting the chances and always keep saying that the next one is going to go in.”
Iginla is getting his chances with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and the general consensus is that he looks more in tune with with his linemates in his first five games than fellow newcomer Loui Eriksson on the second line with Patrice Bergeron with Brad Marchand line.
“Krech and Looch have been playing great and working hard and I’m trying to work hard with them and like I’ve said I’ve had really good chances for a number of games,” Iginla said. “Whenever you win you never feel as bad, you just shrug it off and say next time. But whenever you lose by a goal it always feels a lot worse when you know that one of those could have made a difference. But keep going and like I said I’ve been here before and you just keep working through it and stay positive and keep trying to get open and like I say, keep believing the next one goes in.”
In an attempt to get Iginla some momentum, Claude Julien placed Iginla on Boston’s 5-on-3 power play unit. Good chances, a couple of missed shots but still no dice.
“I think I had a few of them but two were good ones, one I just missed probably by a couple inches the top right corner, one I missed by a mile and that was just trying to hard and too excited and just missed it,” Iginla said. “But I thought ‘ when you’re feeling it those go in and unfortunately they didn’t. It was an important time of the game, it could have been a big difference. And you get out there in those situations and you definitely want to help the team and feel responsibility, all of us out there. So when you don’t score when you have a two minute one it stings but at the same time I think the guys did a great job and just keep going almost to that last second and really we almost found a way to get it to over time there.
|David Krejci to play in opener||10.03.13 at 11:50 am ET|
The Bruins will have their new alternate captain in the lineup for Thursday’s season-opener against the Lightning, as David Krejci will be in the lineup after being questionable with back spasms.
Krejci was on the ice for morning skate centering his line with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, while Carl Soderberg (left ankle) was once again absent and will not play Thursday. With Soderberg out, Jordan Caron will play left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
For the time being, the Bruins will not call up another forward from Providence.
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|David Krejci plans to lead by example while wearing the ‘A’||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.”
|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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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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