David Krejci is back with the Boston Bruins on a one-year contract with bonuses, the club announced on Monday.
The 36-year-old center will receive a base salary of $1 million during the 2022-23 regular season with the ability to earn up to an additional $2 million in performance bonuses.
Krejci’s return to the Bruins comes after leaving the team to play for Czech club HC Olomouc in the 2021-22 season. The Czech striker has scored 20 goals and 46 points in 51 games in his home country. he also scored four points in four games for the Czech team at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Bruins originally selected Krejci in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. The 6’0″, 188-pound center went to the peloton with Patrice Bergeron in Boston’s top six for 15 seasons, helping the team win the 2011 Stanley Cup and reach two additional championship series (2013, 2019) .
Krejci topped 70 points twice with the Bruins and led the team in playoff points in the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Most recently, he scored eight goals and 44 points in 51 games with Boston during the 2020-21 regular season.
In 962 career regular season games with the Bruins since 2006-07, Krejci has scored 215 goals and 730 points. The Sternberk, Czech Republic product ranks ninth in the Bruins’ all-time points rankings and seventh in assists with 515, just one behind Wayne Cashman.
Only two Bruins have scored more playoff points than Krejci’s 124: Ray Bourque (161) and Patrice Bergeron (124), the latter of whom also signed a one-year contract with the team on Monday.