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Bish's Blog: June 4th

Krejci signs and is set to have surgery

Thursday, 06.04.2009 / 7:44 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
5:24 p.m.
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that earlier today David Krejci underwent successful hip surgery.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan T. Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and will force Krejci to miss approximately four to six months.


2:09 p.m.
"Professor" Babineau
Sitting here waiting on news about David Krejci's surgery...

On the lighter side, I got a nice note about Bruins photog Steve Babineau visiting Mrs. Callahan's 8th Grade Photography Class at Wellesley Middle School.

Steve, shown at right, recently put together a collection of his photographs called "Black and Gold" and was showing the youngsters some of the finer points of shooting sports.

The back flap calls Bab's book "a pictorial romp through four decades of one of the NHL's great Original Six franchises-a personal history of the Boston Bruins as seen through the lens of Steve Babineau, team photographer for 35 years."

I call it a must have.

So, for all of you who are picking up something for that special hockey fan -- maybe for Dad on Fathers Day -- I would call over to the Bruins Pro Shop (877 5BRUINS or 877 527 8467) and grab a copy.

Mention "Bish's Blog" when you call the Pro Shop and you will get 10% off Steve's book.


7:45 a.m.

Krejci
Bear signing season started early for the Boston Bruins when Seventh Player Award winner David Krejci capped off a stellar sophomore season by putting his named to a lucrative multi-year contract on Wednesday.

“It was a great year for me,” said Krejci via conference call. “I had a lot of fun with the guys and so many good people worked with me during the season and I am very happy to be a Bruin for the next few years.

“I would just like to thank the organization and [B's GM] Peter Chiarelli for getting this deal done.”

Krejci’s character, a trait that allowed him to play most of this season hurt, was a major reason for his return to the Black & Gold fold.

Chiarelli pointed to the 2007-08 season, when David was sent down following a slow start.

“I remember talking to him and sending him down and telling him what he had to work on and he worked on those things,” said the GM. “Naturally, there’s a time when you send a player down, and he’s disappointed, and he tends to stray a little bit, but we went and watched David right away, and I know he was working on those things and he got to be a much better two-way player.”

Krejci became a key player in the B’s making the playoffs that season, and during this most recent campaign, he became one of the most exciting young hockey players in the NHL.

“Like Peter said, for me, the turning point was last year,” said the Czech-born Krejci. “I got a chance to play [as] a first [line] centerman and I saw the chance that one day I could play against the first, second liners on the other teams and I worked at it.

“I got an opportunity to be on the ice, [with] good ice time from the coach.  [This season] I just wanted to prove that it wasn’t just by mistake.”

There’s no mistaking how important Krejci has become to the Boston lineup.

“He had a breakout year statistically this year,” said Chiarelli. “Not only statistically but also in other areas of the ice and I think David will be the first to tell you that he still feels that he can be better and that he can take his game to another level.

“We’re very happy to have him under contract. He’s a very good person and I am very impressed with the way he’s improved and the way he is professional with his work ethic.”

Krejci sounded like he was very happy to have this part of his summer complete -- now comes surgery and rehab.

The Bruins young center said he hopes to be in the B’s lineup sooner than later.

“Well, the surgery is [Thursday, and] they say it is supposed to take 4 to 6 months,” said Krejci. “It could happen. I may be back for the first game, but I might miss the first month, so well see how it goes.”

Given what we’ve seen, it’s going to go just fine.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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