Now that the 2017/18 NHL season is officially over its time for NHL organizations to begin a new quest for the Stanley Cup. As for the Bruins General Manager, Don Sweeney he needs to make decisions on such players as Rick Nash, David Krejci, Nick Holden and others. In this post, we will review three reasons why the Bruins should move on from David Krejci.
Why The Bruins Should Move On From David Krejci
Lack Of ScorIng In The Playoffs
In all fairness to David Krejci when he’s healthy he is one of the best centers in the NHL, However in the playoffs, the past two years his post season production has been nonexistent. All factors considered
iKrejci has 32 goals 52 assists for a total of 87 career playoff points.
In 2018 Krejci played in 12 playoff games3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points. Against Tampa Bay, he played in 2 games totalling 2 points. Considering Boston’s top line had 53 points in the playoffs the club lacked a balanced scoring attack from all four lines. The previous year against Ottawa Krejci played in only 3 games for a total of zero points.
If you take into account Sweeney went out and acquired Rick Nash in March the scoring was still anemic. Nash, for instance, played in only 11 regular season games scoring 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points. In the playoffs, he played in 12 games netting 3 goals and 2 assists. When the trade was first announced Bruins fans were elated. Many felt with Nash’s size and puck handling skills that he would be the perfect linemate for Krejci.
In 2004 the Bruins selected Krejci with their second pick. Krejci who is known for his slick playmaking skills has been a huge disappointment during the teams past two playoff years..At 7,000,000 dollars per year and lack of production in the playoffs, it may be time for the Bruins to explore a suitor for Krejci. With his understanding and playmaking skills, there might still be a market for him. With the teams, the young pipeline of talent on the rise Krejci’s days in Boston could be numbered.
Overall, Boston has one of the most talented systems in the NHL. With young players on the horizon, it may be time to pardon ways with David Krejci.
With, fifteen games remaining the Bruins are hoping for a deep playoff run. At the trade deadline, the Bruins welcomed Brian Gionta, Nick Holden, Tommy Wingels, and Rick Nash. So far all four have contributed to Bruin victories. Bruins Hope For Deep Playoff Run after A Flurry Of Activity Injury Woes;
The new faces could not have come at a better time as injuries continue to mount for the Bruins. Injuries to Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Charlie McAvoy, and Brad Marchand have kept the Bruins at bay. Out of the four McAvoy’s is the most serious. Despite injuries, the team has remained competitive trailing Tampa Bay with 98 points So far the moves are making General manager Don Sweeney look brilliant considering he didn’t have to give up that much. This season is a big difference from last year has the Bruins made only one deal at the deadline That player turned out to be Drew Stafford who is no longer with the Bruins.
Solid Goaltending; Aside from getting quality play from the veterans the Rask is having one of his most clubs has gotten excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Rask is having one of his best years as a Bruin with a 29-11-and a 2.31 Goals against. Backup Anton Khudobin is also contributing with a 15-5 record and a 2.48 Goals against average.
By resting Rask the Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season. The past two seasons Rask has been a victim of being overused. By the time playoff time comes around Rask has been burned out which results in an early Bruin exit from the playoffs.
With 94 points the Bruins should be in excellent shape for the playoffs. There are however two factors against the Bruins. One is getting to the Washington Capitals. Two is having Tuukka Rask getting some playoff series victories under his belt. Since their last Stanley Cup in 2011 Rask has not won a playoff round. Hopefully, if McAvoy can return healthy, the results may be different this year. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has the Bruins believing in themselves. Since the trade deadline, the team has gone 7-1. If the Bruins expect to get by Washington then it will have to be a total team effort. Playing smart and not getting foolish penalties is just one area it takes to beat the Capitals. The other area is playing good in transition. Beating the Capitals will be no easy task but keeping Rak rested maybe the Bruins best strategy.