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David Krejci about to announce his retirement

Following the Bruins’ elimination in the first round of the latest playoffs, we suspected that we might be witnessing the end of an era. Retirement rumors surrounding Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci were rife, and you had to wonder if they’d played their last NHL game.

When Bergeron announced his retirement last Tuesday, we suspected that Krejci might follow. The two came back together last summer, and logic dictated that they should leave together.

Jimmy Murphy reports tonight that Krejci is on the verge of announcing his retirement, and that he has no intention of playing in Europe next season. We could see him represent the Czech Republic at the 2024 World Championship, but nothing more.

Without being a huge surprise (although the fact that he won’t be playing in Europe next year is a small one), this confirms that a big page of history is being turned in Boston. In Bergeron and Krejci, the Bruins have just lost two players who have marked the last two decades in town.

At the same time, it confirms that the Bears have a major hole at center. Currently, Pavel Zacha and Charlie Coyle are the two best center players in town and, without wanting to take anything away from them, we’re nowhere near the caliber of Bergeron and Krejci.

Money is tight in Boston (there’s only $429,166 left under the salary cap), but I can’t believe the club isn’t trying to close a deal for a guy like Mark Scheifele and Elias Lindholm, who seem to be available.

Of course, Krejci will also be honoured by the Bruins eventually (perhaps at the same time as Bergeron?), having enjoyed a magnificent career in the city. We now wish him all the best in his retirement, as he is expected to spend most of his time with his family at his home in South Carolina.

In bursts

– Indeed.

– Once again, there’s no indication that Ryan Ellis will ever play field hockey again.

– What do you think?

– Interesting.

– Sad news.

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