The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million contract extension. Krejci was slated for unrestricted free agency next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Krejci’s new deal breaks down as $7.25 million per season, right around what I expected he would receive, either from the Bruins or someone else if he wound up on the UFA market next July. It’s a significant raise, as he’s currently earning $5.25 million per season.
There was little question the Bruins would retain him. Over the past six seasons Krejci’s been among their most consistent offensive forwards, with four seasons of 60-plus points. During their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship and the 2013 Cup Final, Krejci was the Bruins leading playoff scorer. This deal takes him up to age 34, meaning the Bruins have locked him up for the remainder of his playing prime.
This signing now leaves the Bruins with over $54.2 million invested in just 11 players for 2015-16. Assuming the salary cap jumps to $75 million next season, they’ll have just over $21 million to re-sign or replace their remaining free agents. That includes defensemen Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid, along with current RFAs Torey Krug and Reilly Smith if they’re only signed to one-year deals this season.