Bergeron: Krejci signing 'speaks volumes'

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins officially announced Thursday that they have agreed on a six-year, $43.5 million contract extension with forward David Krejci. The new deal begins at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

While it’s a smart move for both the Bruins and Krejci, the organization’s investment extends into the team’s locker room.

It proves to the rest of the players that ownership and management believe in this group of core players and realize how important Krejci’s presence on the top line is to the success of the team.

“Yeah, it’s huge,” said Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron, who signed his eight-year, $52 million contract prior to last season. “It’s definitely exciting. Any time you see the organization wants to keep the core, keep the same guys for long-term, it speaks volumes and I’m very proud of that. I think [Krejci] feels the same way. It builds stability and trust from management and it makes you want to do it even more on the ice and prove them right. It’s well deserved. He’s a tremendous player and I’m happy he’s going to be with us for the next seven years.”

Both natives of the Czech Republic, Krejci is the hockey idol of the Bruins’ first-round pick, David Pastrnak, who was selected No. 25 overall in June’s NHL Entry Draft. There’s a chance Pastrnak, 18, could earn a roster spot out of training camp and it would be a dream come true to finally be considered a teammate of Krejci’s.

“It will be fun if we can play together. He signed for [another] six years, so I have seven years to make the team,” Pastrnak said with a smile.