Boston Bruins center David Krejci's contract with HC Pardubice in the Czech elite league has ended and he will return to Boston after Christmas. Krejci had 16 goals and 27 points in 24 games with HC Pardubice.
Fellow center Patrice Bergeron will also return to Boston after his stint playing for Canada at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, according to NESN. The tournament ends Dec. 31. Bergeron also played 21 games for HC Lugano in the Swiss League. He had 11 goals and 18 assists.
Tuukka Rask (Finland), Zdeno Chara (Russia’s KHL), and Chris Kelly (Switzerland) have also recently returned to Boston from overseas and have been skating with Bruins teammates in informal skates at local rinks.
Meanwhile, no progress has been made since the latest cancellations in the NHL lockout. The league cut recently games through Jan. 14.
The NHL Players' Association moved one step closer Friday toward dissolving the union, voting to authorize its executive board the discretion to file a "disclaimer of interest," multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
The affirmative vote, the result of a five-day ballot among the 700-plus players, allows the executive board to disband the union if and when it chooses to do so.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang was used in this report.