He wouldn’t even want to play in Europe in 2023-24 (but we might see him back in action next summer) → https://t.co/5yvyYaNJRT
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 3, 2023
The Slovak has had a great career. In 1032 games (all with the Bruins), the center collected 786 points. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the attention he deserved because he was playing behind a guy like Patrice Bergeron, no less.
In an interview with Czech media outlet iSport.cz. the 46 returned to the slightly less pleasant moments of his career. In the 2019 finals, when the Bruins faced the St. Louis Blues, Krejci started the final game under Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kulhman. As he mentions in the interview, he has nothing against Kuhlman; he believes he’s a good player and a good person, but he would have preferred a more experienced player alongside him.
He didn’t say it like that, but basically, he wanted a better player on his right. And that’s normal, but he didn’t need to say it publicly.
“If only Cassidy had been more open-minded…“https://t.co/WNodMQAluO
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 22, 2023
It’s true that Kuhlman isn’t the team’s best player. That year, the right-hander had spent the year in the minors and had only seven playoff games under his belt before this duel. And in his career, he had collected just 30 points (in 147 games) in the Bettman circuit. In short, Krejci wished his coach – Bruce Cassidy at the time – had been more open-minded.
I think he should have separated those three (Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak) and given me a little help. In 2019, we were in the finals and I’d just had a 70-point season without playing with “Pasta”. – David Krejci
To play devil’s advocate, however, the options on Krejci’s right simply weren’t there. Besides Pasta and Kuhlman, the other healthy right wingers in the line-up were as follows: Danton Heinen and Noel Acciari…
It’s true that Cassidy could have balanced his trios and put Kuhlman on the first line and Pastrnak on the second, but the trio of Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak had been so dominant in the regular season.
I don’t know if the center discussed the problem with Cassidy back then, but it’s a shame he’s throwing a guy like him and a teammate under the bus.
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He spent the whole summer in Ottawa #Senshttps://t.co/4zPK0WJYAM
– Sylvain St-Laurent (@Syl_St_Laurent) August 22, 2023
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Yes mon Pat ! Can’t wait to get back to this God of beauty and content
– Jean-Charles Lajoie (@JiCLajoie) August 22, 2023