Bruins' David Krejci Expected To Announce Retirement

As many have expected, especially after the retirement of Boston Bruins' captain Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci will be joining him in hanging up the skates in the NHL. This doesn't mean he is done playing hockey just yet though. Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now revealed that Krejci will likely be returning to Czechia to play another season in 2023-24.

Krejci is 37 years old and has accomplished everything he is going to in the NHL to this point. He is a Stanley Cup winner, has played 1032 regular season games, and racked up a total of 231 goals and 786 points. Often overshadowed, but never underappreciated, the long-time Bruins' center has been a staple on the successful team for many years. He is a great leader, two-way player, and seems to be happy with a 16-year career.

The retirement announcement is expected to be very low-key and also very soon. Krejci spent the 2021-22 season playing for Olomouc HC in the Czech League, his hometown team. That is the team he is expected to join once again. There is no question that Krejci, and Bergeron for that matter, had fallen to a point where they weren't still very good NHL players. Last season was seen as one last run, and it was a good one while it lasted. The Bruins have had to shift gear a whole lot and will definitely struggle to find their new identity.

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