By Joe Haggerty
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It looks like the Bruins have quietly opened negotiations with center David Krejci on a contract extension as the young center enters the final year of his second contractfollowing up ona great Stanley Cup playoff performance.
Krejci, 25, had a 62-point regular season, but he exploded in the playoffs with a team-high 12 goals while helping lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup. With Marc Savard out of the picture Krejci, took over last season as the No. 1 offensive center for the Bs, and will clearly be looking to be compensated as a No. 1 center in the NHL. No Savard also means the B's will have more than 11 million in salary cap space this season, and have the kind of flexibility that can allow for a deal to materialize quickly for the playmaking Krejci.
That means Krejci has to be looking at a contract comparable to the 5 million a season that Patrice Bergeron is currently making, but theres also some things Krejci needs to prove during the regular season. There have been some times when Krejci would be the first to admit that he coasts a bit during the regular season, and then turns his game up several notches during the playoffs.
Players getting paid 5 million a season with the accompanying cap hit need to be a presence for the majority of the 82 games on the regular-season schedule as well as the playoffs and that is something Krejci will need to concentrate on this year.
Theres no guarantee the deal will get done before the season begins -- as the Bergeron and Zdeno Chara contracts were last season while the team was in Europe -- and the Bruins will be paying close attention with the CBA ending at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign.
Given the economic indicators that Im privy to and other things that are trending, I just think that the cap is going to go down. Thats not to say what the new system will be, said Chiarelli. Ill just have to be cautious when we plan about term deals and larger cap numbers. We saw the larger-term deals in the summer on the free agent market and youve got to get those right.
Weve got guys that are coming up to be signed whether its next year or the following year. Weve seen them grow and seen them improve and we know theyre going to be components of the team for years to come. So the cap and the players that we have to sign that we have to be careful.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: