On Thursday morning, the Boston Bruins announced they re-signed forward David Krejci to a new 3-year contract extension, worth $15.75 million over the duration of the deal, a $5.25 million cap hit per year. Krejci, 25, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this coming Summer, but his new deal will avoid that situation and he won't have to worry about a new deal until 2015.
Krejci has been an instrumental player for the Bruins over the last few of seasons, including through their Cup run last season, so the team made sure that he will be a part of the core group for a little while yet. In 20 games this year, Krejci has 4 goals and 9 assists, which is only good enough for 174th in pool scoring, but he does play a solid two-way game, which the Bruins obviously feel is worth the extra coin.
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have signed their 1st round pick from 2009 to a new contract extension, as his entry-level deal is set to expire in July. Victor Hedman signed a 5-year deal, worth $20 million, which works out to be a $4 million cap hit per season, which starts next season and runs through the 2017 season.
Hedman has quickly developed into a solid starting defenseman for the Lightning in his first 2-plus seasons with the club, although his offensive numbers haven't quite been as spectacular as they may have hoped. In 21 games this season, the 20-year old has 2 goals. Still, there is a lot he brings to the table each night, which makes him a very good value for the team.