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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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Julian Edelman has dinner with David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy

Julian Edelman has dinner with David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy

It looks like Julian Edelman is enjoying his offseason by hanging out with a few of his friends from the black and gold. 

David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, and Charlie McAvoy joined Edelman for dinner at Monica's Trattoria in the North End before their matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

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Positive news for Kevan Miller as he skates on his own for first time

Positive news for Kevan Miller as he skates on his own for first time

The Bruins got some encouraging health news this week as injured B’s defenseman Kevan Miller was able to skate on his own for 15 minutes Sunday at Warrior Ice Arena while the rest of the team was in Pittsburgh.

The 32-year-old Miller has been out all season while trying to return from two different kneecap injuries suffered last season that kept him out of the entire postseason and limited him to just three games since the beginning of March. Miller underwent a procedure to assist in the healing process last month when he underwent a setback while trying to return earlier this season, so Sunday’s twirl was his first chance to get back on the ice and skate.

For a player that hasn’t played in almost a year now like Miller, any news is good news.

“That’s step one,” said Bruce Cassidy. “That’s a positive.”

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Certainly, it’s good news, but it’s also the very beginning of a recovery process that Miller has already experienced setbacks to a couple of times. Given the normal timetable for players just returning to the ice from an injury, it would be at least 7-10 days before Miller would be anywhere close to returning to game action.

The Bruins will have their All-Star break and bye week over the next 10 days, so it would be at least a few weeks before Miller would be ready to return barring the kind of setbacks that have plagued him since suffering the kneecap injuries.

It remains very much an uphill battle for the rugged D-man in the last year of his contract with the Bruins, but he’s also a tough-minded player that the B’s have absolutely missed during last year’s playoff run and this season. Some of the perceived ability to push these Bruins players around on the ice is because they don’t have the hardnosed 6-foot-2, 210-pound Miller out there to protect his teammates.

Given Zdeno Chara’s age and Charlie McAvoy’s inconsistency this season, Brandon Carlo has ably carried a very heavy load for the Bruins as a big-bodied shutdown defenseman that’s playing big minutes and in all situations for the Black and Gold. Adding Miller to the Bruins group would Carlo some company in the tough guy category and would also limit the amount of ice time they have to give to John Moore, who has been inconsistent for the Black and Gold since returning from shoulder surgery last month.

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