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Torey Krug 'interested' in taking less money to re-sign with Bruins

Torey Krug 'interested' in taking less money to re-sign with Bruins

The Boston Bruins would be wise to sign defenseman Torey Krug to a long-term contract extension before he can hit NHL free agency next summer, but there's a pair of younger blueliners who need to be taken care of first.

Bruins defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo both are still restricted free agents with training camps set to begin later this month.

McAvoy is the team's best all-around defenseman and projects to be a top-pairing player for many years. Carlo enjoyed a strong 2018-19 season and Stanley Cup playoff run, while establishing himself as a solid second-pairing defenseman.

Krug also is a very important player on the Bruins' blue line, and his scoring, toughness and leadership have helped make him a fan favorite in Boston for most of his career. Krug told reporters Thursday that while he would like to stay in Boston, there hasn't yet been any contract talks with the Bruins.

Krug also mentioned the possibility of taking a hometown discount to remain with the B's.

"Would I take less to stay in Boston? It's something that I've talked about with my family and my agent. It's something I'm interested in," Krug said, per ESPN's Emily Kaplan. "How much less -- that's a question that will be answered at a certain time. I think something that's fair will be able to be worked out both ways. As long as they want me, I think something could be done, realistically. Everyone does it. How much they do it, is kind of their own opinion and (dependent) on their own circumstances."

Krug has a salary cap hit of $5.25 million as he enters the final year of his contract. He's poised for a big raise, too, judging by his scoring numbers.

The 28-year-old tallied 53 points (six goals, 47 assists) in just 64 games last season. He posted a career-high 59 points during the 2017-18 campaign. Krug has produced three consecutive 50-plus point seasons for the Bruins, and he's the only Boston defenseman to hit that scoring mark since Zdeno Chara did it in 2011-12.

Krug's skill set is ideal for the modern NHL, and he should still have several prime years remaining. It would behoove the Bruins to work out some kind of extension with Krug before next summer, but they do have plenty of time until he reaches free agency. The contract Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis signed in 2018 (eight years, $50 million) is a good comparable for Krug and the Bruins to look at in negotiations. 

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NHL Playoffs: Tuukka Rask, same Bruins lineup expected for Game 2 vs. Hurricanes

NHL Playoffs: Tuukka Rask, same Bruins lineup expected for Game 2 vs. Hurricanes

The Bruins had so much fun in the double-overtime win in Game 1 on Wednesday afternoon that they plan to do it all over again for Game 2.

Bruce Cassidy indicated that Tuukka Rask will get the back-to-back starts for the Bruins on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Toronto Bubble, and that he expects to use the same lineup, though there are a couple of B’s players getting treatment in the morning.

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“There were probably three factors: How is Tuukka feeling coming out of the game? He felt fine. Was there a lot of wear and tear to the point where recovery would take more than 24 or 48 hours? I don’t think so. We were pretty clean in front of him without a lot of demanding stretches. Still, it was four periods of hockey and he needs to be on his toes the whole game.

“Back-to-back decisions are a lot to do with travel and short night’s sleep and we don’t have to deal with any of those factors. We’re just to the rink and then back to the hotel. So that’s got a lot to do with it.”

There may be a better chance that the Bruins go with Jaroslav Halak next week in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday if the Bruins are up in the series headed into a Game 5 situation against the Hurricanes.

That means going back with the same No. 1 goaltender after Rask stopped 25-of-28 shots and sticking with left winger Nick Ritchie after he was on ice for a couple of goals against in a lackluster all-around performance. He did finish with four hits including one that rattled Carolina D-man Joel Edmundson and picked up an assist while going to the front of the net on Charlie Coyle’s goal, but Ritchie was a weak link along the boards in the D-zone that needs to get addressed.

“I think on the first [Carolina] goal, Nick Ritchie certainly had a chance to kill the play. Charlie Coyle is caught on defense because [Charlie] McAvoy was up ice,” said Cassidy. “At the end of the day if that’s a ‘D’ I think he helps Ritchie and that play is dead as it’s a 1-on-5. From there Anders comes into the pile thinking Ritchie is going to kill it, so he’s on the wrong side of the ice instead of returning to the middle. It looked like one harmless play, and then a couple of breakdowns — the Ritchie battle and the Bjork route — and they’re in a line change and getting to the middle of the ice with fresh legs and they make a play.

“But they did a lot of things well in the offensive zone. They obviously scored a goal for us, had some looks and Anders Bjork was all alone in front of the net point blank on a great look from Coyle. They obviously haven’t been together for that long, so we’ll give them some time to grow together as a [third] line. All in all, I thought they were better than they were bad, but they were just victimized for a couple goals.”

Here’s the Bruins' expected lineup for Game 2 against the Hurricanes on Thursday night:

FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie Charlie Coyle Anders Bjork
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Jeremy Lauzon

GOALTENDER

Tuukka Rask

Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2020: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2020: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

The start of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs is just a few days away.

The NHL's round robin and qualifying round series concluded Sunday, setting up all eight of the first round matchups. 

The qualifying round was full of surprises. Four of the eight series resulted in upsets, including the No. 12 seeds in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winning their matchups against the No. 5 seeds. 

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The round robin didn't lack unexpected results, either. The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best record in the regular season, but they finished at the bottom of the East's round robin standings after three consecutive losses. The defending champion St. Louis Blues had the best record in the West during the regular season and also struggled in the round robin with a fourth-place finish (1-2-1 record).

Could we see a first-round upset involving one or both of last season's Stanley Cup finalists? Anything is possible in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here's the television schedule for every first-round series. Check back to this article each day for updated schedules and scores for all games (all times ET).

EASTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12)
Game 1: Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. -- MTL at PHI (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. -- PHI at MTL (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. -- PHI at MTL (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (9)
Game 1: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. -- CBJ at TBL (NBCSN, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. -- TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. -- TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- CBJ at TBL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- TBL at CBJ (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CBJ at TBL (TBD)

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (7)
Game 1: Islanders 4, Capitals 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. -- NYI at WSH (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m. -- WSH at NYI (USA, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. -- WSH at NYI (NBCSN)
Game 5*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- NYI at WSH (TBD)
Game 6*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- WSH at NYI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- NYI at WSH (TBD)

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)
Game 1: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. -- CAR at BOS (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. -- BOS at CAR (NBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. -- BOS at CAR (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- CAR at BOS (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- BOS at CAR (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- CAR at BOS (TBD)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12)
Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 1
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. -- CHI at VGK (NBCSN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. -- VGK at CHI (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. -- VGK at CHI (NBCSN, SN1, SN360)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD -- CHI at VGK (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- VGK at CHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CHI at VGK (TBD)

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (11)
Game 1: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. -- ARI at COL (NHLN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. -- COL at ARI (CNBC, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. -- COL at ARI (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- ARI at COL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- COL at ARI (TBD)
Game 7: *Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- ARI at COL (TBD)

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (8)
Game 1: Flames 3, Stars 2
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 p.m. -- CGY at DAL (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 p.m. -- DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. -- DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD -- CGY at DAL(TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- DAL at CGY (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CGY at DAL (TBD)

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (7)
Game 1: Canucks 5, Blues 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. -- VAN at STL (NHLN, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m. -- STL at VAN (CNBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 p.m. -- STL at VAN (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- VAN at STL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- STL at VAN (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- VAN at STL (TBD)

*If necessary

Krug not changing his play style despite free agency looming