Quiet by nature, David Krejci sits silently in his locker at the TD Garden, anxiously awaiting the Bruins' season opener tomorrow night.
Whether or not he'll play, who knows?
He might downplay it, but the offseason has been a long and at times tumultuous one for the easy-going center.
Last May, the Bruins were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes. He finished with a modest eight points in 11 postseason games and he was in agony.
This quiet, reserved kid — he's just 23 — is as tough as nails. Krejci played the entire season with a hip injury.
"There wasn't one day it didn't bother me (last) year," said Krejci, the Bruins' second-leading scorer with 22 goals and 51 assists. "Every day I woke up, every move I did, I knew there was something wrong.
"In the middle of the season, we did an MRI and then we saw it. So we knew there would be surgery after the season. We didn't talk about it that much. We just decided to play it out."
Krejci, who stands a modest 6-feet and 178 pounds, underwent surgery in June to remove a hip impingement, a mechanical disorder which causes stiffness and at times severe pain.
He practiced with the team for much of training camp, but has not appeared in any preseason action.
"They said four-to-six months and next week is four months," said Krejci, who hails from Sternberk, Czech Republic. "I have worked hard at getting in shape all summer. I really only took two weeks off. I've been working all summer for this first game (tomorrow)."
Throughout the preseason, Krejci has hinted that there was a 10 percent chance he'd be ready for opening night. Originally, it was thought that he might be out of action until November.