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Exit interview: David Krejci

Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  May 18, 2009 04:41 PM

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David Krejci will need offseason hip surgery. (Jim Davis / Globe File)

Each day this week we'll feature one player video from the end-of-the-year breakup session the Bruins held today at the TD Banknorth Garden. Up first, David Krejci, who revealed today that he played the entire 2008-09 season with a torn labrum in his hip, an injury that will require offseason surgery and 4-6 months of recovery.

Click HERE to watch the video with Krejci. Or check out some written highlights below.

  • (On being limited by the injury): "There wasn't one day it didn't bother me this year. Every day I woke up, every move I did, I knew there was something wrong. There was only one place I really felt comfortable and that was on the ice. The trainers did a good job. It was the only place I felt comfortable."

  • (On when he knew the injury was serious): "When it happened at (training) camp, I thought it was just a pulled groin. Everybody has that. Then it got a little better and, when it came time to play, the first couple of games were fine. Then it came back again. It was two weeks, then it got really bad. Then one week it went away, got much better... then it came back again. In the middle of the season, we did an MRI and then we saw (the injury). So we knew surgery (would be needed) after the season. We didn't talk about it that much, we just decided to play it out."

  • (On his recovery): "Four to six months, so basically I'm going to miss the first part of the season... I'm going to have a lot to do. I'm going to be here all summer with (the Bruins' training staff)... I hope I'll be even better than I was this year because you go to the game and you know something is bothering you. It's in your head and you think about it.... I just wanted to get through the games. I believe that, once it's done, I'll be ready to go."

Krejci, a 23-year-old center who finished second on the team this winter with 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists), also noted that he will meet with Dr. Bryan Kelly, the same New York doctor who operated on Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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