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After a breakout season, Bruins center David Krejci became a restricted free agent and could sign a max deal with any team, but GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t have any of it. He re-signed his second line center on Tuesday to a three-year contract extension with an annual cap hit of $3.75 million.
Under the new terms of the deal, Krejci will earn $3.5 million in 2009-10, $3.75 million in 2010-11, and $4 million in 2011-12. It’s a great deal for both player and team given the current economy, and Krejci will be in position to earn a lot more after the extension ends when he’s an unrestricted free agent in a better U.S. economy.
Krejci, who had 22 goals and 51 assists (a career-high 73 points) this season, will undergo hip surgery on Thursday, but told Chiarelli he’ll be ready by the beginning of next season.
“A lot of people thought he had a coming-out party,” said Peter Chiarelli, in town for the GM meetings. “But we’ve seen him progress. You’ve seen him progress. You’ve seen him get stronger. The non-offensive part of his game has improved greatly. We had a few key guys to sign, so we’re happy to get it done.”
The Bruins will next work to re-sign their other restricted free agents: Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz.