We are here today to mourn the loss of David Krejci... Krejci was given a hard, but clean, check... The Hockey Gods are cruel and saw it fit to take Krejci from us too soon. Krejci will be joining recently departed Marco Sturm in that press box in the sky. Now, a moment of silence for David Krejci.-- Days of Y'Orr staff
We wrote that back in May after Mike Richards broke Krejci's wrist, ending his season and, consequently, the Bruins season. We're not saying the Bruins season is done -- far from it -- but it's just another big, clean hit on the poor Czech that has knocked him out of the line-up. It's deja vu for Boston again. Instead of Richards, it's TJ Oshie (who earlier knocked Chara off his feet) that injured Krejc. Fluke injuries.
And we can't even be pissed at Oshie either -- it's a clean hit. And DOY HQ highly values hard, clean hits.
If we were Dan Shaughnessy, we'd talk about some stupid Center's Curse that would become a national phenomina, but we're not assholes, so we won't. But the Bruins have gone from a team with a plethora of centers at its disposal to looking for a temporary plug up the middle.
Bruins perceived 2010 center problem
Current Bruins center problem
More on Krecji and the Bruins centers after the jump...
Who knew Freddy was a Habs fan? Explains a lot...
Diagnosis is that Krejci has a moderate-grade concussion, probably coming from Krejc slamming his head off the ice vs. Oshie's actual check. Still, Krecj will be out at least a week and joins Savard in the "Centers out with a Consussion" club.
If Krejci were to need two weeks, through Nov. 20, he would miss seven games. He’ll be sidelined for games against the Penguins (Wednesday), Canadiens (Thursday), and Senators (Saturday). A second week on the sidelines would have him missing for the Devils, Rangers, Panthers, and Kings.
The immediate question becomes, how will coach Claude Julien reconfigure his lines during Krejci’s absence? --KPD (Boston.com)
Apparently by moving Bergy to #1 center, keeping Seguin and Campbell at #3 and #4, respectively, and moving the much maligned Blake Wheeler into the #2 spot -- centering Jordan Caron and March Recchi. Eeks. We love those guys but that's duct tape line worthy of www.ThereIFixedIt.com.
Fluto likes the moves, even applausing Wheeler's move to center because it gives the Bruins "size up the middle" -- size that rarely gets used, but we digress. He also had this to say:
Not a good reflection on Zach Hamill (0-5--5 in 11 games) that he wasn't recalled for pinch-hitting duty.
We've given up on Hamill. We had high hopes for him, but wasn't this really his last year to prove himself to the Bruins brass?
From the Republic of Twitter:
Let's hope the Bruins can weather this injury storm. Good thing the Pens have kinda sucked this year.