Bruins center David Krejci and general manager Peter Chiarelli held court with the media today to announce a three-year extension for the 25-year-old pivot.
The Czech Republic native will earn $5.25 million per year over the life of the extension, as was confirmed by Chiarelli during the press conference.
Talks for the deal began last summer, and were finalized Wednesday afternoon, when Krejci signed the contract in Chiarelli's hotel room before registering three points in a 6-3 win over Toronto.
Chiarelli said Krejci could've earned more money testing the free agent waters as a restricted free agent at year's end. Krejci said the decision to lock up with Boston through 2014-15 was fairly simple.
"We won the Cup last year, and I feel this team can do it again and I want to be part of it," Krejci said. "It was a great experience, and I hope that I’ll win it one more time. I feel like I have a really good chance here with this team. That was the biggest reason."
He also praised the team's fans.
"It’s great to play in front of these fans," he said. "They can get pretty loud. They are our seventh player on the ice. Last year, they showed it in the playoffs. They were outstanding. It was so much fun to play for them. They definitely helped us to win the Cup. That’s for sure."