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Torey Krug 'excited' that talks have begun on an extension with the Bruins

Torey Krug 'excited' that talks have begun on an extension with the Bruins

BRIGHTON, Mass – Torey Krug at Bruins Media Day on Tuesday said that his mind was at ease after the Bruins had initiated talks with his camp for a contract extension beyond this season.

The 28-year-old Krug is entering the final year of his contract with the Bruins after posting three straight 50-point seasons and garnered Conn Smythe consideration last spring on Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. Krug had voiced some trepidation after not hearing from the Bruins this summer while they worked out contract extensions with Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, but sounded a bit more relaxed after contract negotiations had commenced.

“It’s exciting. Now that we’re in the regular season I don’t want to talk too much about it just out of respect for my teammates and the process,” said Krug, who posted 53 points in just 64 games last season and enters a season totally healthy for the first time in a long time. “But it’s obviously exciting when you’re talking about where you could be for the future while taking care of the present obviously. That’s the most important thing. But it’s an exciting time and hopefully things work out.”

Don Sweeney, for his part, said he’s not going to get into details on extensions for either Krug or Charlie Coyle, and instead prefers to work behind the scenes while trying to get a deal done. It will be a much less private process if both Krug and Coyle get beyond this season unsigned with unrestricted free agency on July 1 waiting for both players, but for now, the Bruins GM can work stealthily behind the scenes.

“The [contract negotiations] are all ongoing. As I’ve been previously saying that you will not hear through us where those deals are at, and that’s really out of respect for every deal that you negotiate. I understand it makes your guys’ job that much harder, and you do a hell of a job predicting where those are all supposed to go; Joe [Haggerty], I read yours this morning,” said Don Sweeney. “Those influences are not brought in to our discussions. We have discussions that need to take place, and the other side will hopefully respect that as well.

“We are in discussions with the players we’ve discussed, because they are a part of our group right now and a very important part of our group. If things work out and we find that common ground, they probably will be for a long time.”

What exactly is Krug looking at for his next contract after making a bargain $5.25 million per season on his last deal?

The seven-year, $53 million contract for Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon is undoubtedly a comparable, and something Krug could easily get on the open market based on the elite offensive numbers he’s produced over the last three seasons while playing a top-4 role for a playoff team in Boston.

Krug has also voiced the willingness to take something of a hometown discount to remain in Boston where he’s comfortable, so you might even be able to shave $4-5 million off his contract were he to re-up with the Black and Gold. With dead money and contracts for players like Zdeno Chara, and possibly even David Backes, coming off the books following this season, there will clearly be money there to sign some combination of Krug, Coyle and RFA Jake DeBrusk for next year and beyond.

Now it just remains to be seen how things are going to play out in contract talks between players and team. But at least things have gotten started with a key player in Krug that the B’s want to have an uncluttered mind to start the season.

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Talking Points: Patrice Bergeron the only bright spot in brutal Bruins loss

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Talking Points: Patrice Bergeron the only bright spot in brutal Bruins loss

GOLD STAR: Anthony Duclair toiled with the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets after some solid initial success in the desert with a 20-goal season on his resume, but it feels like the 24-year-old is enjoying a second life with the Ottawa Senators.

Duclair finished with a pair of goals and three points against the Bruins on Monday night and was making things happen pretty much every time he was on the ice. Duclair finished with two goals, three points, a plus-3 rating, six shots on net and five giveaways in his 16-plus minutes of ice time. Duclair’s first goal of the night gave the Senators a 2-0 lead and essentially put the Bruins deep in the hole before he iced things at the very end with an empty netter.

BLACK EYE: Torey Krug finished a minus-3 with just a single shot on net, and it could have been even worse if he hadn’t jumped off the ice just before Ottawa scored the first goal of the game in the first period. As it was, Krug had five shot attempts that were either blocked or missed their target and didn’t have enough offensively to help push along the Bruins power play when they really needed to do their damage.

Later on in the game Krug had some defensive issues as well and was among a number of Bruins players that finished with some pretty rough plus/minus numbers including Jake DeBrusk (minus-4), David Krejci (minus-3) and Brett Ritchie (minus-2).

TURNING POINT: The Bruins got a goal from Patrice Bergeron toward the end of the first period to halve Ottawa’s lead and went into the first intermission with a decent chance at winning the game. But then the Bruins came out and gave up a goal in the first two minutes of the second period and essentially let things slip through their fingers at that point. It was a botched play from Tuukka Rask, who attempted to play a puck behind the Boston net and just threw the puck to Vladislav Namestnikov, who set up Chris Tierney for the eventual game-winning goal.

It typified the gift goals that the Bruins gave them on the evening and made it clear it wasn’t going to be their night.

HONORABLE MENTION: Patrice Bergeron missed the previous seven games with a lower-body injury and returned to be one of the best players on the ice for either team. Certainly, he was the best player on the ice for the Bruins after scoring a first period goal that got the Bruins in the game.

Bergeron finished with six shots on net, 10 shot attempts and 16-of-25 face-off wins to go along with a blocked shot in 21:43 of ice time. It would appear that Bergeron didn’t have any ill effects from the injury and was fully ready to take on a regular, intense workload after coming back from the injury. The only good news of the night was how good Bergeron looked in his return from injury.

BY THE NUMBERS: 38 – the number of saves for Anders Nilsson, who was a massive factor for the Senators shutting down the Boston power play when it really mattered and holding the Bruins to just two goals on 40 shots.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He’s a true hero...he inspired us all with everything he did...we're going to miss him dearly." –Torey Krug to reporters on the passing of Bruins fan and ALS awareness advocate Pete Frates, who courageously inspired so many during his fight with ALS before succumbing to it this week.

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NHL Highlights: Bruins suffer second straight regulation loss vs. lowly Senators

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NHL Highlights: Bruins suffer second straight regulation loss vs. lowly Senators

FINAL SCORE: Senators 5, Bruins 2

IN BRIEF: The Bruins put forth a subpar effort against the Senators, sleepwalking through most of the game en route to a second straight loss. The silver lining for the team was that Patrice Bergeron scored in his first game back after missing seven straight games with an injury.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 20-5-6 (46 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

ANISIMOV OPENS THE OTTAWA SCORING QUICKLY

B'S ALLOW EASY GOAL TO ANTHONY DUCLAIR

BERGERON CUTS THE LEAD IN HALF OFF FEED FROM PASTRNAK

BRUINS ALLOW ANOTHER MIND-BOGGLING GOAL

PAGEAU'S EMPTY-NET GOAL PUTS THINGS SEEMINGLY OUT OF REACH

JAKE DEBRUSK'S LATE GOAL

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