Today is a day I think all Bruins fans were in denial could be coming. David Krejci has announced that he is leaving the Bruins and the NHL to play in his native Czech Republic. This is something he had long said he wanted to do, but I think everyone in the Bruins organization as well as the fans were hoping that’d be a few years down the road. Before judging this decision, please take a moment to read his full statement in the tweet below.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 30, 2021
David Krejci: Criminally Underappreciated
Over the course of his 15 season career, few, if any, Bruins were more underappreciated than David Krejci. I may even go as far as to see few players in all of Boston sports were as underappreciated as him. With a revolving door of wingers for most of his career, Krejci managed to produce 215 goals and 515 assists for a total of 730 points in 962 games. He also added 42 goals and 82 assists for a total of 124 points in 156 playoffs games and earned the moniker “Playoff Krech” for his performances in the 2011 and 2013 postseasons, when he led the team in points.
In addition to all that, only three players (Nikita Kucherov, Sidney Crosby, and Brad Marchand) have more playoff points than Krejci since 2011. That’s pretty good if you ask me. On top of all this, Krejci holds a place on numerous Bruins’ all-time lists. He’s seventh all-time in both games and assists, eighth all-time in points, and tenth all-time in game-winning goals. As for awards, he was named an all-star twice and won the Stanely Cup in 2011. As well as he did with little consistent support, just imagine how good he could’ve been with good, consistent wingers. His number would be in the rafters without a doubt (and it still should be).
Points are not all that defined Krejci though. He is one of the best playmakers in the game due to his off-the-charts hockey IQ and uncanny ability to slow the game down. He was also an incredible leader and beloved by teammates, staff, media, and (rational) fans. His work in the community is not to be forgotten about either. In short, Krejci was everything you could want in a player and as a person and he will be sorely missed both on and off the ice.
As much as this sucks, I’m happy Krejci is making the right decision for him and his family. That should and will always come first. Plus, per Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, Krejci is not technically retiring, and the door is open for him to return to the Bruins after his time in the Czech Republic should he want to. The end of his statement seemed to hint this could be possible too. But, he is turning 36 in April, so I’m not sure how likely it is. It is possible, especially since the Czech regular season ends in March. However, it all depends on how long he wants to play at home and how his body holds up. In the meantime, he leaves behind an incredible legacy and a gaping hole in the Bruins lineup.
If this is the last we see of Krejci in the black and gold sweater, all that I have left to say is from the bottom of my (and all reasonable Bruins fans’) heart, thank you, David Krejci, and congratulations on a truly incredible career. You will go down as one of the most underappreciated Bruins history and perhaps one of the most underappreciated players in all of Boston sports history. It was an honor to grow up watching you. You will be sorely missed.
Oh, and one last thing…retire his number when he calls it a career. He’s more than earned it.
-Lydia Murray (@lydia_murray12)
Featured image courtesy of AP Photo.
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