Since the two players really got their careers off the ground in 2007-08, they’ve been almost inseparable, especially when you consider how often coaches juggle lines in the modern NHL.
Krejci admitted that it will be odd to suit up without the towering winger, as CSNNE.com notes.
“It’s gonna be weird,” Krejci said. “We’ve been together for a long time, and now he’s gone. So that was obviously a really sad day.”
Sad days have been a bit too common for Krejci as of late, even with that hefty contract extension in tow.
He’s seen other linemate changes as Nathan Horton transitioned to Jarome Iginla and then a revolving cast of partners in 2014-15. Really, last season almost demands a mulligan, as he dealt with recurring injury headaches.
The 29-year-old expects to be fully healthy heading into 2015-16, and that’s important, as he’ll skate with two wingers who are far less familiar.