Krejci's move to HC Pardubice of Czech League now official


Krejci's move to HC Pardubice of Czech League now official

David Krejci confirmed weeks ago that hed be playing with HC Pardubice of the Czech League, but the deal was being hung up by insurance costs that are preventing many NHL players from jumping to Europe.

Pardubice GM Petr Hemsky finally confirmed the deal as officially done Wednesday on the teams web site, and Krejci should be finally headed to his home country of the Czech Republic by this weekend at the latest. The Pardubice home arena is within 90 minutes of Krejcis hometown, and gives him the unique opportunity to play in front of family and friends for the first time since he was a teenager.

According to TSN analyst and former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, the price for Krejcis insurance policy to protect him in case of injury while playing in Europe was in the neighborhood of 240,000. Krejcis pricey contract extension was set to kick in for the 2012-13 season, and contributed largely to the eye-popping insurance policy for the playmaking center.

The Bs center is the ninth Boston player to head overseas while the NHL is in lockout mode, and Krejci joins Ales Hemsky and Jakub Kindl as exiled NHL players skating for the Czech League team.

As with other Bruins players Krejci has an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to Boston when the NHL lockout is finally over.

The nine Bs players signed by EuropeanKHL teams include Krejci, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Zdeno Chara, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

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: