Krejci seemed to have a mid-season exit strategy in place
by Greg Dudek
BRIGHTON, Mass. – David Krejci made the decision last offseason to join the Boston Bruins for the 2022-23 campaign after a year away from the organization.
While the veteran center was happy to be back on a team that went on to rewrite the NHL record books, it was a trying season behind the scenes for Krejci.
Krejci spent the season away from his wife and two children, who were in South Carolina, according to NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin, which weighed on him. Krjeci even seemed to have a mid-season exit strategy in place should things get particularly difficult.
“I think it was one of the best years, but also one of the worst years,” Krejci said Tuesday during exit interview day at Warrior Ice Arena. “It was a rollercoaster. There were a few times this year where there was a point where we weren’t doing well, I was just packing up, coming back. So from that perspective, it’s was hard. But coming here every day, seeing the guys, it was worth it.
Krejci, 37, who has 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points in 70 regular season games, now has a decision ahead of him, and one he plans to make in the very near future as he plans to retire or join the Bruins for a 17th season.
However, it has been difficult for Krejci to look back on the season, especially considering how it ended in a crushing Game 7 loss at home in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Panthers. from Florida. Krejci even went so far as to compare it to Boston’s Game 7 loss in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. And he’ll have to keep that going into the offseason and maybe into retirement as well.
“Awesome season. A difficult and hard to judge ending, isn’t it? Krjeci said. “Go into more detail now. It still hurts just to talk about it. Obviously you’re proud. “Five wins is a lot. Our names will always be right next to the record. I guess that’s the good thing you can get out of it. We all planned to play until mid-June and that n It’s not. So it’s not like it’s disappointing, but it really, really hurts differently than other losses.