There were already separate questions being asked about David Krejci and Taylor Hall when it came to their respective futures in Boston. Krejci is an older forward who has played well for the Bruins but is the team’s highest-paid player at $7.25 million per season and probably not worth that if another deal is signed. Of course, Hall’s uncertain future has been a topic of discussion all season since he’s been a shadow of his former Hart Trophy self. But, since the Bruins put these two together, they’ve been magic.
According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, there’s a strong sense that the Bruins might be looking at extensions for both Krejci and Hall after this season. Both are pending UFAs and both weren’t locks to stay on this roster. But, together, they’ve produced and offered the Bruins a solid second line as the team wonders what the next two or three seasons look like with some transition expected. if you have any concerns about their chemistry, the recent goal scored by Hall on a beauty toe drag and feed from Krejci suggests they’ve figured out how to play with each other and in a hurry.
Shinzawa suggests that the age of players like Brad Marchand, Tukka Rask and others means the window for this team is shrinking and the future at the center ice position for this team is all but certain. In the meantime, the production these two are offering makes it hard to ignore them. Krejci has six goals and four assists in the 10 games since Hall arrived. Meanwhile, Hall has five goals since joining the Bruins at the deadline and he’s showing that his lousy season in Buffalo is more about the Sabres than it is about Hall.
The numbers sparkle. In 114:22 of shared five-on-five play, according to Natural Stat Trick, the No. 2 line has been on the ice for nine goals for and just one against. The line just … looks … right, all starting with a center who appears thrilled to play with two rope-pulling veterans.
The Playoffs Will Tell the Bruins Everything
If this chemistry continues to be off the charts during the playoffs, the Bruins may have to look at extensions for both players. The hope at that point is they both want to play with each other and will take short-term deals to have a go at it for another season. If Hall and Krecji can repeat what they’re doing now in 2022, Krejci secures himself another contract. For Hall, it means he could finally get the long-term extension he’s looking for.
Krejci can still be a dangerous No. 2 center for another season, especially if Hall returns too. Both UFAs-to-be could be a package deal between the July 21 expansion draft and the July 28 opening of free agency. Krejci has known no other employer. Hall raised his hand for an extension even before his first shift.
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