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Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives update on Torey Krug contract extension talks

Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives update on Torey Krug contract extension talks

The Boston Bruins freed up salary cap space over the last week as a result of two trades made with the Anaheim Ducks, and this situation could make it easier for the team to re-sign defenseman Torey Krug in the offseason.

Krug is arguably the team's most important player eligible for free agency July 1. He will be an unrestricted free agent if unsigned at that time, and as a premier offensive defenseman in the prime of his career, he could command quite a large salary.

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Where do talks stand between Krug's camp and the Bruins? B's general manager Don Sweeney gave a brief update Monday while speaking to reporters after the NHL trade deadline.

"I don’t have an update in terms of a timeline," Sweeney said. "We’ve continued to stay in communication with Torey, whether we find one at an appropriate time between now and the end of the year, I don’t know yet. We’ll have talks, they’ve been very cordial, both sides sort of understand where they are, and whether or not we can bridge something along those lines is to be determined."

Krug has tallied 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists) in 55 games for the Bruins this season, with 24 of those points coming on the power play. Boston controls 56.22 percent of shots on goal and 53.42 percent of scoring chances during 5-on-5 play when Krug is on the ice, per Natural Stat Trick.

The Bruins should have around $24 million in cap space this summer, which is a pretty good amount of room, but Krug isn't the team's only free agent to bring back. Other important Bruins free agents include left winger Jake DeBrusk (RFA), captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara (UFA), backup goalie Jaroslav Halak (UFA) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (RFA).

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Bruins' Brad Marchand voted best AND worst trash-talker in NHL players' poll

Bruins' Brad Marchand voted best AND worst trash-talker in NHL players' poll

Anytime you speak with Brad Marchand about trash-talking around the NHL these days, it’s a lament that nobody talks out on the ice anymore.

Some of that is probably due to players wearing on-ice microphones more often these days for NHL or team productions, and some of it is because referees tend to shut down verbal warfare pretty quickly as well. 

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Marchand continues to try his best to keep NHL trash-talking alive, however, and that’s reflected in his selection as the NHL’s top trash-talker in the annual poll released by the NHL Players Association.

Here's what No. 63 said in a Players Tribune article he wrote in 2018 that still stands as pretty relevant now when it comes to Marchand and his on-ice chirping:

I have done things that have stepped over that line, and I've paid the price for it. But you know what? There's a lot of people out there in the hockey world who love to say, 'Winning is everything. It's the only thing.' But do they really mean it? How far are they willing to go? Maybe it was my size, or just the way I was born, but I've always felt like you have to be willing to do anything -- literally anything -- in order to win. Even if that means being hated. Even if it means carrying around some baggage. If I played the game any other way, you absolutely would not know my name. You wouldn't care enough to hate me, because I wouldn't be in the NHL.

Oddly Marchand was also voted the NHL’s worst trash-talker as well, which is probably based on the nearly 600 NHL players that voted totally missing the point of the poll question.

Marchand finished with 25.87 percent of the vote while Drew Doughty (13.37 percent), Ryan Reaves (11.05 percent) and Patrick Maroon (3.78 percent) lagged behind him in the poll of all NHL players while Marchand, Doughty, PK Subban and Nick Cousins ranked as the worst trash-talkers.

Clearly, Marchand has so many NHL players rattled so much they don’t know whether he’s the best or the worst. So in acknowledgment of such an accomplishment, here are some of the greatest hit chirps from the Nose Face Killah:

  • “I played against him in the 2013 [Stanley Cup] Final and he was talking a lot, says anything to get you off your game. [He] even told me my kids were ugly once upon a time. I know he’s lying because my daughters are beautiful, but it had me thinking for a while. I only had one kid at the time, I was like ‘does he know something I don’t?’ –NBC analyst and former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on his run-ins with Marchand.

 

 

 

 

  • Brad Marchand and PK Subban dropped the gloves in the 2012-13 NHL regular season and had a pretty good rivalry going in Subban's days with the Montreal Canadiens. Here’s a snippet from back then: "Subban was asking me to fight. Three or four guys asked to fight him, and he's running scared. But he comes after the smallest guy on the team. It just shows you what kind of character they have there."

 

 

Bruins legend Bobby Orr's great feat from April 3, 1971 still hasn't been matched

Bruins legend Bobby Orr's great feat from April 3, 1971 still hasn't been matched

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr hit a milestone on this date in 1971 that no defenseman in the NHL has been able to match.

Orr tallied his 100th assist of the 1970-71 season in an 8-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3. It was the second-to-last game of the season, and Orr finished the year with 102 assists to lead the league. 

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Check out the graphic below for more information on Orr's record-breaking achievement.

Orr's offensive stats in 1970-71 set a few records.

Not only are his 102 assists the most ever by a defenseman in a single season, his 139 points also are a single-season best for a blueliner. Edmonton Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey came close to breaking both records in the 1985-86 campaign, but he finished with 90 assists and 138 points. Like Orr and the Bruins in 1971, the 1986 Oilers suffered a disappointing defeat to a hated rival in the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, both the 1971 Bruins and 1986 Oilers bounced back from those defeats and won the Stanley Cup the following season.

The only other players in league history to reach 100 or more assists in one season are Hall of Fame centers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Gretzky accomplished the feat 11 times and Lemieux did it once. 

Orr's stats are incredible, and some of them might never be duplicated. This assist record easily could be one of them, especially when you consider the closest any defenseman has come to this Orr milestone in the last 20 years was Brent Burns with 83 assists in 2018-19.