Boston, MA - Despite some controversy over wingers and some turnover for goalies, the center position has been one that the Boston Bruins has not had to worry about for many seasons. This may be changing now.
Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have been stalwarts of the Boston Bruins and have also been among some of the best centers ever experienced by the team. I have even made the argument that Bergeron has been the best Bruin of the past decade.
While Bergeron's exceptional talent probably makes him one of Boston's untouchable players in terms of who they want to fill out their roster with going forward (though, injuries can change this on a dime and they do so frequently), Krejci had an offseason that was filled with a bit more skepticism.
Both a part of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup championship, Bergeron and Krejci are getting a bit older and there's been some apparent desire in Boston's front office to prevent growing pains or turmoil from aging by acquiring a new center. This was the cause for concern with Krejci, who felt not unlike a dog may feel when a younger dog is introduced into the household. Fans love and have a strong connection with the older dog, but man, the younger dog sure has a lot of energy, doesn't he?
In an offseason filled with relaxation and the exciting announcement that a baby was on the way for the Krejci family, the center still found himself growing anxious over the Bruins' pursuit of free agent center John Tavares. Tavares would undeniably have been an elite addition to the Bruins offense, but he wound up signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs regardless.
For Krejci, though, he experienced roughly two weeks of uncertainty over whether or not he still had a home in Boston and whether or not he would end up being demoted to the third line. No one in the Bruins organization was communicative with Krejci either, so the veteran was truly left in the dark over the entire pursuit. It worked out well in the end, but there might be some anxiety harbored by Krejci as the NHL season approaches puck drop.