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  • Dec 20, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal, his 600th career point, during the third period of Boston's 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 20, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal, his 600th career point, during the third period of Boston’s 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Monday has suddenly become a whirlwind news day for the Boston Bruins. Not long after the team announced the official return of captain Patrice Bergeron, they did the same with veteran center David Krejci.

    The team announced via Twitter and their official website on Monday that they are indeed re-signing Krejci, who played the past season with Olomouc HC in Czech ExtraLiga. Krejci, 36, is back on the books for one year and $1 million, plus an extra $2 million in performance-based incentives.

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  • Krejci will now play a 16th season in the National Hockey League. Like Bergeron, he’s played every season of his NHL career with the Bruins. He most recently scored eight goals and 36 assists in the 2020-21 season.

    He and Bergeron are ostensibly locked back in as the Bruins’ No. 1-2 centers. Here’s how the top two lines project, based on the past two seasons of lineups:

    Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jake DeBrusk
    Taylor Hall – David Krejci – David Pastrnak

    With a new head coach in tow in Jim Montgomery, there’s a chance we see some new-look lines in the 2022-23 season. But bringing back both Bergeron and Krejci should buy the B’s another year to develop younger centers behind them.

  • The Bruins most recently drafted Canadian forward Matthew Poitras with the 54th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Poitras sounds like a Krejci-type prospect, a crafty playmaker with a high hockey I.Q. and good vision to make up for a relative lack of top-end speed.

    Now that the Bergeron and Krejci dominoes have fallen, the last one for Bruins to keep an eye out for is David Pastrnak. The B’s are looking to figure out a long-term extension for Pastrnak, who has posted an 82-game average of 45 goals over the past five seasons. Considering the Bruins’ draft struggles in recent years, they can’t afford to let Pastrnak get away.

    That they’ve signed Bergeron and Krejci first is an indication that they’ve landed on a number, or at least a range, that they’re comfortable inking for Pastrnak.

    Aug 23, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with center David Krejci (46) and center Patrice Bergeron (37) after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 23, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with center David Krejci (46) and center Patrice Bergeron (37) after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

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