Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirms David Krejci won't return to NHL this season


The Boston Bruins won't be adding David Krejci to their roster ahead of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The longtime B's center left the team last summer to go back home and finish his hockey career in the Czech Republic.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed to reporters Sunday that Krejci is remaining overseas and won't return to the NHL this season.

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This news is not a surprise. Even though Krejci's Czech team, HC Olomouc, was eliminated from the playoffs last Thursday, getting him to Boston was no sure thing. 

Krejci would have needed to sign with the Bruins before Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline to be eligible to play in the playoffs. But he would have also needed to pass through waivers first and, given his talent, he might have been claimed. There's also the possibility that a rival would've claimed Krejci to prevent Boston from getting another impact player before the playoffs.

The Bruins made a huge trade Saturday to acquire star defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks. They could still be active before the deadline in search of an upgrade at center or right wing.