If the latest report out of the Czech Republic is true, Bruins center David Krejci is about to get a whole lot richer.
According to Czech hockey website Hokej.cz, the 28-year-old has agreed to a six-year contract extension worth more than $43 million that will keep him in Boston through the end of the decade.
Krejci was set to hit free agency after this season, and it was believed that an extension would need to be reached before he hit the open market, as the Bruins salary cap restrictions have put them in a bind and they may have lost their top line center come next summer.
His current contract is scheduled to pay him $5.25 million for 2014-15. It has been reported that the new deal will begin once the current contract ends.
Krejci has been one of the most valuable players on the Bruins since he joined the team full time in 2007-08, scoring 110 goals and 268 assists in 504 NHL games with a career plus/minus of +97.
The native of Sternberk, Czech Republic was the Bruins leading scorer in both of the team’s runs to the Stanley Cup Final over the past four seasons, including their Cup-winning campaign in 2011.
He struggled in the playoffs last season, however, tallying no goals and just four assists with a plus/minus of -3 as the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins were eliminated in the second round by the Montreal Canadiens.