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Sadly, many creatives just trust that that'll happen… and it doesn't. They get taken advantage of. This needs to stop.

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I'll tell you my story in a moment, so you can assess my credibility and see if this is workable advice. (It is.) I'll give you recommendations on where you can learn more. In exchange, I ask just one thing - if at any point while reading this, you think, "This is one of the most important things I've read this year" - then you immediately share it with as many people as you can that you think it would help.

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Krejci Inks 6 Year Extension

On Boston Sports Daily

Yesterday word got out that the Bruins have signed center David Krejci to a 6 year contract extension that begins after the upcoming season. The contract is said to be valued at $43.5 million.

The Bruins, who are already in cap trouble, will take on the cap hit of $7.25 million per year from next season on. This average annual value is higher than both Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask’s whose deals were inked last offseason. Though the salary cap is perceived to be going up next season, it’s hard to imagine a situation in which Krejci is worth more than Bergeron or Rask. Though Krejci was excellent in both the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup runs, his performance in the 2014 playoffs, particularly against Montreal, was a lot to question.

With all of the money devoted to Krejci, Bergeron, Rask, and Defenseman Zdeno Chara, there has to be plans to move on from one or more of the other expendable forwards. The first name that comes to mind is Brad Marchand. He’s a pest, and does a nice job of getting under the skin of opponents, but recently it seems like he’s doing more harm than good. He’s drawn a reputation as a dirty player and a diver, which is something the Bruins certainly don’t stand for. Another name that immediately pops up is Chris Kelly. Though he’s a solid, reliable third-line forward, his cap hit isn’t worth it considering the cap trouble the Bruins are in. Finally, though he’s been one of the more reliable defensemen on the team, Johnny Boychuk may be a player the Bruins look to move. With all of the up and coming defensemen in the organization including Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, and David Warsofsky, the Bruins can afford to dump his salary.

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