To some the news of David Krejci signing a $43.5 million contract is just a short blip on the sports radar, but to me this is another example of how the NHL hasn’t learned a thing. It’s great for Boston Bruins fans, and for the team’s hopes of skating with the Stanley Cup once again. The problem is that teams keep spending and players keep taking; this is all going toleave the fans on the outside looking in again.
The new contract is a six-year deal and will carry a new salary cap hit every two years. Here is how the six-year deal is broken down.
- Years 1-2 $7.25 million
- Years 3-4 $7.5 million
- Years 5-6 $7 million
If I were a fan of the Bruins and was watching this unfold I would have mix feelings. The Bruins have their top two centers locked up long-term, but that could end up being an issue in years to come. Ideally the Bruins will find a way to win the Cup in the next few years, and they will then be able to sell some players.
By committing this money to Krejci, GM Peter Chiarelli has locked up his two top centers through the 2020-21 season, with Patrice Bergeron going one year beyond that. [Yahoo Sports]
Part of today’s NHL is overpaying players, and the Bruins understand that is how you win in today’s league. The Bruins are not the only team that is dancing with the salary cap devil; the Chicago Blackhawks have done the same thing this off-season, and as all hockey fans know being the Blackhawks is not a bad deal.
From a league standpoint contracts like this may not be the best thing for the NHL, but we also know that owners and their seemingly unlimited cash flow don’t seem to learn. As the years go on and the contracts continue to grow the NHL and its teams could be leading us right back down lockout lane.