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Boston Bruins' David Krejci accepts deal to play in Czech Republic

Boston Bruins center David Krejci has accepted a contract to head overseas and play in the Czech Republic while the NHL is mired in a lockout.

Krejci has joined the team Pardubice in the Czech league, something that was planned on for the past two weeks, according to

The 26-year-old pivot man is one of the cornerstones of Boston's team and has been for the past five seasons. The Czech native came up in 2006-07 and in 377 games has logged 276 points, including 81 goals.

Krejci's best season came in 2008-09, when the youngster registered 73 points and finished with a plus/minus rating of +37. Last year, Krejci compiled 62 points (23 goals).

Krejci is just another player on a long list who have decided to play their hockey elsewhere during the labor issues, including Zdeno Chara, Tyler Seguin, Tuukka Rask, Rich Peverly, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference and Anton Khudonin.