Krejci: Bettman 'treats us like animals'

David Krejci is normally a soft-spoken guy who does his talking on the ice, most notably when he tallied 23 points in 25 playoff games to help the Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup. But on Monday Krejci was talking off the ice, and in an interview with Czech media outlet iSport.cz he wasn't holding back regarding NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his views on how Bettman is handling the NHL lockout.

“We want to play. We’re the ones who are doing the show in the NHL, but Bettman thinks it makes him," Krejci said. "It is unfortunate that the NHL has such a guy. It’s a shame for the entire hockey world. Treats us like animals.”

Krejci currently is playing for Pardubice HC in the Czech Elite League in his native Czech Republic. He has four goals and three assists through seven games.