Here’s what David Krejci had to say about his return to the Bruins


“I have always placed the highest expectations on myself, and this year is no different.”

FILE – Boston Bruins’ David Krejci is shown during an NHL’s David Krejci in a Bruins-Flyers game in 2021 AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File

Amid major news of Zdeno Chara’s retirement, another member of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup squad has also returned to Boston.

David Krejci, 36, officially agreed to return to the Bruins on a one-year contract in August. As the team prepares for the upcoming season, Krejci picks up the pace.

“I feel good,” he told reporters after the captain’s training on Monday. “I feel like I’m in good shape. I feel like I played good hockey last year for my team or the national team. »

It was Krejci’s first time training with the Bruins since leaving the team to return to his native Czech Republic in 2021.

Looking ahead, he said he’s aiming high for his return to the NHL.

“I’ve always placed the highest expectations on myself, and this year is no different,” Krejci said. “I worked very hard this summer. I probably had the longest summer I’ve had in a long time. I skated quite a bit too, so I feel good now. So we’ll see how it goes. »

Since the Bruins will start the season without Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk, Krejci’s presence could prove important from the start.

Krejci noted that a strong performance at the IIHF World Championships in May (where the Czech Republic placed third) helped boost his confidence for an eventual return to the NHL.

“I felt good all year,” he explained. “I felt really good at the Olympics too. We lost against Switzerland, unfortunately, but I felt good. I felt like one of the best players in the tournament or the whole season last year, then in the world championship as well.

“It was kind of a reminder that I still have it,” Krejci said. “I feel good, I like the game. And then when Pasta came in, we played good hockey. Maybe that’s when I started thinking, ‘Maybe I’ll make a comeback.’ Then the Bruins called and kind of went from there.

The Bruins open the season Oct. 12 in Washington against the Capitals at 7 p.m.


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