It sounds like David Krejci won’t be able to play at World Cup of Hockey

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One major risk of holding the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in September is that the tournament intersects with players who might be healing up from previous injuries.

(The summer is a great time to get closer to 100 percent, even if it costs training camp and maybe a few regular season games to do so …)

The names of players who cannot suit up for their respective countries/continents continue to trickle in. Earlier today, word surfaced that Jeff Carter probably won’t be able to go for Canada. Now it appears that lingering hip issues will prompt David Krejci to sit this one out, leaving behind a big role for the Czech Republic to fill.

Krejci, 30, underwent hip surgery around early May. The Boston Bruins stated that both Krejci and Torey Krug were doing well recovering from their operations in mid-July.

It’s unclear if Krejci will be good to go once the regular season begins – their season begins in Columbus on Oct. 13 – but it would make little sense for the scoring center to rush back.

This post will be updated if Krejci or the Bruins make this official, but it would be surprising these reports were dismissed.