Torey Krug played an important role during his tenure with the Boston Bruins.
The 28-year-old playmaker notched 288 points (58 goals, 230 assists) in 462 career NHL regular-season games. He finishes atop the league’s scoring leaders among defensemen on a yearly basis. Not to mention he’s always at the heart of momentum-shifting plays such as his helmetless bone-crushing hit against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Yet, Krug faces an uncertain future as he enters the final year of his contract.
“Like I said before, just curious more than anything,” Krug said Thursday at the first day of training camp at Warrior Ice Arena. “I know my resume speaks for itself. I’ve built it up over the years and earned the right to go into free agency. I’m comfortable with where I am at and what’s going to happen in the future. I’m just so curious – not really anxiety or anything – but excited.”
The 5-foot-9 defenseman stated that the Bruins have yet to approach him with talks of a new contract but has expressed numerous times that he wants to be in Boston. He even told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan that he would take less money to prolong his career with the Bruins.
“I’ve had a lot of success on the back end providing offense. I’ve been really solid defensively the past year defensively and working on my game to become an important member of this team,” Krug added. “I feel I know my worth and I’m sure the team does as well. We’ll see where it goes.”
The Bruins haven’t locked Krug up yet. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want him to be a part of the organization moving forward.
Just the opposite, in fact.
The Bruins and Krug are a perfect match. Both parties seem to have mutual interest. But the lingering contract negotiations with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo sit atop Don Sweeney’s to-do list.
Krug isn’t stressing about it either. He doesn’t have a hard deadline in his head to sign a new deal. Instead, he turns his attention on preparing for the upcoming season.
As Krug indicated on Thursday, “we’ll see how it plays out.”
Matt is a recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in sports journalism and a minor in business. He currently reports on the Boston Bruins and writes featured stories and game recaps for both Bruins Daily and Boston.com
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