Center David Krejci, whose injury in Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers proved crucial to the Bruins eventually coughing up a 3-0 series lead, said today that his right wrist is feeling good and he’s on schedule to join his teammates for training camp.
Krejci dislocated his right wrist May 5 on a hard center-ice hit by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards late in the first period of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He had surgery later that night in Baltimore, and missed the remainder of the series, which the Bruins lost in seven games. Krejci was in a cast for four weeks, and is scheduled to have two pins removed next Friday. A week or two after that, he’ll start skating again and lifting weights.
“Everybody is saying we’re right on schedule, everything’s going the right way. I’m really excited for it, it’s been a long time,” said Krejci, who visited today with the 100 or so youth hockey players taking part in the first Boston Bruins Summer Camp at the Jim Roche Community Ice Arena in West Roxbury. “I can’t wait to get back on the ice, get back into games and everything.”
It’s the second straight summer the 24-year-old Czech Republic native has spent in Boston recovering from an injury. He had hip surgery in June 2009, which, he said today, partly accounted for the slow start he got off to last season. Krejci, who scored 22 goals, had 73 points, and led the NHL in plus/minus rating with a plus-37 during the 2008-09 season, saw those numbers drop a year later. Appearing in 79 of the 82 regular-season games, he scored 17 goals and finished with 52 points.
As long as there are no unexpected issues with his wrist, Krejci is expecting big things, individually and for his team.
“I need to start the way I finished last year,” Krejci said. “It’s not easy. I believe if I’ve done it two years ago all season, and if I’ve done it last year for the second half, I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t start the same way.
“I’m looking forward to this year because we have a really good team and we can accomplish big things. I believe in this team. It’s still too soon and we don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m not afraid to say that we could go all the way to the [Stanley Cup] finals. We have that team.”