By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
When the Boston Bruins went behind closed doors with John Tavares this summer, center David Krejci remained in the dark.
Such an experience was not exactly the most thrilling of times, Krejci admitted to NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty.
“I had no idea what was going on,” Krejci said. “My agent didn’t tell me [anything] because he said he didn’t know anything. I didn’t get any phone calls from anyone from the Bruins. So I was just getting those Instragram messages [telling me to request a trade] in my inbox. I know that I have a no-trade so they would have to call me [if they did end up signing Tavares].
“That wasn’t kind of something I enjoyed. But it was over pretty quick. It was a quick couple of weeks. It is what it is.”
With a full no-movement clause this summer, Krejci obviously could not have been moved without a phone call from the Bruins. And given the way the Bruins reportedly shopped David Backes around but showed hesitation to move Krejci, the hope out of the Black and Gold seemed to be that they could get at least one year with Krejci and Tavares on the same roster. But if the Bruins inked Tavares to the seven-year, $77 million contract deal he signed with the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s obvious that Krejci’s time in Boston would have been coming to an end. Be it this summer or next summer, really.
That would have required obvious communication from the Bruins, even as Krejci’s no-movement clause shifts to a modified no-trade clause that allows the Bruins to trade Krejci to 15 teams in the NHL, or a conversation at the very least.
And though that conversation never came from Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, Krejci was clearly irked by the armchair general managers that slid into his Instagram DMs to give him advice on waiving his no-movement clause out of Boston.
“I was actually getting some not-very-nice messages on Instagram to ask for a trade, so you know they could get Tavares,” Krejci told Haggerty. “Some people were asking me in a nice way, and some weren’t asking me in a very nice way.
“I have a lot of fans, which is great. I think it’s a common thing where people say ‘Awesome, awesome, great job’ and you appreciate it. But if there’s a bad comment it sticks in your head. So that wasn’t nice.”
The 32-year-old Krejci — the Boston top-six center that posted 17 goals and 44 points in 64 regular-season contests, added 10 points in 12 playoff games on a hit-or-miss second line, and is on the hook for $7.25 million per year for the next three seasons — also told NBC Sports Boston that he believes he still has years of productive hockey left in him.
And most of all, Krejci’s now out of the dark and remains a critical piece of the B’s forward corps.
Until the Bruins find themselves in the hunt for another under-30 superstar at his position, at least.
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