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David Krejci loved playing back home, but it was no NHL 01.11.13 at 12:07 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins got another big name back on the ice Friday when center David Krejci, fresh off a stint with Pardubice HC, joined teammates at Ristuccia Arena.

Krejci, who hails from Å ternberk of the former Czechoslovakia, said he enjoyed his time during the lockout. In addition to scoring scoring 16 goals with 11 assists for 27 points in 24 games, he got to spend Christmas and New Years with his family for the first time in 10 years, which meant a lot to the 26-year-old.

“It was nice, but other than that, I missed the NHL,” Krejci said. “When we’re kids, we all dream about playing in the NHL. Once we finally made it, we want to be in it. We don’t want to play somewhere else.”

At least Krejci got to see some familiar faces, as both Andrew Ference (Ceske Budejovice HC) and Tuukka Rask (Plzen HC) also played in the Czech Extraliga. Krejci scored on Rask when their teams played one another, but it was Rask who got the last laugh.

“I did score,” Krejci said. “But then the game went into a shootout and he stopped me, we were 1-1.”

Krejci was one of 12 Bruins to play in Europe during the lockout. He said he felt good after skating with teammates Friday, but admitted that time will tell whether he and others are ready for the physical challenge of the upcoming 48-game schedule.

“We’ll see,” he said of whether playing in the Extraliga was enough to keep him in NHL shape. “The game’s a little different there. There’s not as much hitting. It’s a bigger ice, so it’s definitely a little different, but we’ve got to wait and see whether I’m in good shape for the games or not. Personally I feel pretty good.”

Like everyone playing in Europe, Krejci thought at a couple of points that it was time to pack his bags and return to the NHL, only to find that talks for a new collective bargaining agreement had broken off. That was disappointing for him, but he can only imagine how disappointed fans are after the league lost nearly half a season to yet another work stoppage.

Krejci has been looking forward to stepping back onto the Garden ice since the B’s were eliminated in seven games by the Capitals last season. He just hopes that the lockout didn’t leave a bad taste in fans’ mouths and that the season-opener can be a good experience for everyone.

“I don’t really know what the fan’s [attitude] is about [toward] the situation and what’s going on with the lockout,” Krejci said. “I’m maybe a little nervous. I don’t know what to expect, but they’ve been great for so long. As long as I’ve been here, they’ve been great. They’ve been going to the games, so I hope they’re going to come and support us just like nothing happened.”

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David Krejci, Anton Khudobin return at 9:31 am ET
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WILMINGTON — David Krejci and Anton Khudobin were in town and skating with Bruins teammates Friday morning, leaving Dougie Hamilton as the only member of the projected opening-night roster not not practicing with the team this week. Hamilton can’t technically make the leap to the NHL until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified Saturday. Tyler Seguin, who has been skating with fellow Bruins since returning from Switzerland, was absent Friday, as was Johnny Boychuk.

Krejci played for Pardubice HC of the Czech Extraliga during the lockout, scoring 16 goals and adding 11 assists in 24 games. Khudobin played in the KHL and said recently that he would consider going back after his contract with the Bruins expires.

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Bruins away from Boston roundup: David Krejci at home and scoring 10.18.12 at 2:42 pm ET
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Only 18 players were able to attend Thursday’s negotiating session between the NHLPA and the owners, due in large part to many of the stars being overseas for the lockout. Among those in attendance Thursday in Toronto was Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton. A good day of talks between the sides could mean an eventual end to the lockout, but for now here’s the latest update on how Bruins players are faring in Europe and the OHL.

[Certain leagues’ stats take a little longer to surface on the various hockey statistics sites (HockeyDB is used for most of these), so some statistics might not be up to the day/hour/minute/etc.]

Swiss National League A

- Tyler Seguin has one goal and four assists for five points in seven games for EHC Biel. He’s also rocking a not-so-shiny minus-6 rating.

KHL

– In five games with Prague Lev, Zdeno Chara has one goal and two assists for three points and a minus-1 rating.

– Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin is 3-6-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 11 games for Moscow Oblast Atlant.

Czech Elite League

David Krejci has three goals and two assists for five points and an even rating in five games for HC Pardubice.

– In two games for Ceske Budejovice, Andrew Ference has one assist and a plus-2 rating.

Deutsche Eishockey League

Dennis Seidenberg has one assist and an even rating in four games for the Manheim Eagles.

SM-liiga

– Through seven games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga, Rich Peverley has no goals but five assists. He’s recorded six penalty minutes and has a plus-1 rating.

OHL

– Turns out it wasn’t just a hot start for 2011 third-rounder Anthony Camara. The physical forward has nine goals and three assists for 12 points and a plus-3 rating for the Barrie Colts. He’s also kept up his physical end of the bargain, compiling 21 penalty minutes.

– In 11 games for the Niagara IceDogs, Dougie Hamilton has three goals and eight assists for 11 points and a plus-11 rating.

– Goalie Malcolm Subban is 5-2-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .934 save percentage through eight games for the Belleville Bulls.

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Report: David Krejci finally secures Czech deal 10.03.12 at 2:49 pm ET
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According to the Boston Herald, Bruins center David Krejci will finally sign with HC Pardubice of the Extra Liga in the Czech Republic. Insurance hangups had prevented Krejci from making a deal official in the weeks since he chose to sign with the team.

Krejci will play in the same league as Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who will join Ceske Budejovice this month.

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Nathan Horton won’t play hockey during lockout 09.21.12 at 10:28 am ET
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While Bruins players are quickly finding places to play during the lockout, at least one player won’t be going anywhere. Nathan Horton, who has been shut down in each of the last two seasons due to concussions but was cleared for contact over the summer, will not play hockey during the lockout, Horton’s agent told WEEI.com on Friday.

Agent Paul Krepelka said that Horton is “doing well” and that his decision to not play hockey during the lockout “has nothing to do with his health. Just his personal choice.”

Horton, 27, did not play again last season after suffering his second concussion in seven months in a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Jan. 22. In 46 games last season, the right wing scored 17 goals and added 15 assists for 32 points. Horton also saw his 2010-11 season end early when he suffered a concussion on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Horton had been in Florida this summer, but recently came back to Boston. He’s expected to stick around until things pick up with the NHL.

Thus far, David Krejci and Andrew Ference (Czech Extraliga) as well as Tyler Seguin (Swiss Elite League) have already made agreements to play overseas during the lockout. Dennis Seidenberg is expected to eventually go to Germany to play with his brother Yannic Seidenberg in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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David Krejci wants Tim Thomas to return to Bruins 09.10.12 at 1:57 pm ET
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BOLTON — The Tim Thomas subject is a rather touchy one when it comes to the Bruins. He told them after the season he’d be taking the year off, leaving them with a potential salary cap burden. Furthermore, his exit paved the way for Tuukka Rask to get his chance as a starting goaltender, so Thomas’ (former?) teammates have often gone on record of respecting his decision to not play this year while pointing out that they are confident in what Rask will do with his opportunity.

Bruins players have danced around the subject of what might happen if Thomas were to return after next season, but when David Krejci brought up the subject Monday at the team’s golf tournament in Bolton, the center made his opinion clear: He wants Thomas back with the Bruins.

Asked what his reaction was when he heard about Thomas’ decision, here’s what Krejci said:

“I was in shock a little bit just like everybody else I guess, but you’ve got to respect his personal life. If he wants to take a year off, then he should do what he feels is right for him and his family. I respect that, but I hope he’s going to come back because he’s, in my opinion, I think he left — I hope he’s going to come back. If not, I think he left too early because he’s still one of the best goalies in the league. It would be bad for everybody, for the league, for the fans, for himself and for us if he wouldn’t [resume] his career. I haven’t talked to him this summer, so I don’t really have much to talk about.”

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Coyotes reportedly interested in David Krejci 07.18.12 at 11:53 am ET
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Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” on CBC.ca is always worth reading, and Wednesday morning’s edition contains an interesting note regarding the Bruins and center David Krejci.

Wednesday’s post, his final one until next season, contains “bonus end-of-season thoughts.” The 35th thought is as follows:

35. Think the Coyotes, who are looking for offensive help, really like Boston’s David Krejci. I’m not as certain the Bruins are shopping Krejci, but they are loaded down the middle — especially as Tyler Seguin readies for an expanded role. That is probably where all the Keith Yandle rumours come from.

Krejci signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal last season that will begin in the coming season. His cap hit ($5.25 million) makes him Boston’s highest-paid forward. Last season, he had 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points, good for third on the team behind Seguin (67) and Patrice Bergeron (64).

The interesting thing regarding Krejci’s presence in Boston is that it solidifies that Seguin, who was drafted as a center, will not have the opportunity to play the position full-time as long as Krejci’s around. Bergeron isn’t going anywhere and Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell are both signed for the next three seasons — not that the Bruins would play Seguin on one of their bottom two lines anyway.

As an organization, the Bruins like having multiple guys who can take draws on a given line. Consider that Rich Peverley had also played plenty of center in his career before primarily playing wing on Kelly’s line in Boston. The second line is a similar case, as Bergeron centers a former full-time pivot in Seguin.

The 2010 No. 2 overall pick broke out last season with his 29-goal campaign, but there are still aspects of his game that could suggest he isn’t ready to make the move back to center quite yet. Seguin still has difficulty asserting himself when it comes to going into the corners, something that was often covered up by having a do-it-all center like Bergeron playing with him. Even so, if the Bruins were to trade Krejci, Seguin would likely be the logical replacement on the team’s top line given his offensive skill-set and success in the league despite being 20 years of age.

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