Bruins

Torey Krug looking for 'clarity' on his contract as Bruins training camp begins

Torey Krug looking for 'clarity' on his contract as Bruins training camp begins

BRIGHTON, Mass – With training camp officially underway for the Boston Bruins, Torey Krug enters the final season of his contract looking for a few answers.

And nobody could blame him.

Krug is coming off six goals and 53 points in 64 games during the regular season and another 18 points in 24 postseason games during the Stanley Cup playoff run. If the Black and Gold had captured the Cup, Krug certainly would have been among the names discussed for Conn Smythe, and the small-bodied defenseman certainly proved something to everybody by staying healthy throughout the rough-and-tumble playoff run.

So with all that in the recent past, Krug heard nothing from the Bruins about his deal as he enters the final year of his contract ahead of unrestricted free agency. Certainly some of it is about the Bruins still having unfinished business with unsigned RFAs Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, and the club needing cost certainty there before they could possibly proceed with the 28-year-old Krug.

But it’s also curious there hasn’t been a single conversation with Krug about his deal when they made certain to take care of Bruce Cassidy with a three-year extension as he was about to enter the final year of his contract.

Krug admitted that he’s curious about where it’s all going to lead and rightfully so.

“It’s something I’m comfortable with. I’ve played on one-year deals before and always had to prove myself,” said Krug. “But I’d love to get some clarity on my future for myself and my family, and know where I’m going to play. It’s something that I eventually hope will be discussed.”

A big part of the issue with Krug is that he’s primed to hit a massive payday on his next contract after being one of the most offensively productive D-men in the NHL over the last three seasons. It also remains to be seen if young D-men like Matt Grzelcyk, McAvoy and others can actually replace Krug’s point production or his ability to quarterback a power play.

He’s also approaching 30 years old as a 5-foot-8 D-man that’s managed to survive in the NHL during a career where he’s proved all doubters wrong.

It may give the Bruins some pause on a long term deal when Krug could easily command $7-8 million per season on a six-plus year deal as a free agent next summer. He’s already mentioned a willingness to take something of a hometown discount to stay with the B’s, but it remains to be seen how much of a discount that will translate to in real dollars. Certainly it’s encouraging that Krug is buying in on the Bruins as Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak did when they signed for less than they could have on their last contracts.

But it’s all speculation until the Bruins and Krug actually hold a discussion, and Don Sweeney and Co. begin showing interest in keeping the offensive D-man in the Black and Gold fold beyond next season.

HAGGERTY: Five under-the-radar players at Bruins training camp>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

David Krejci leaves Bruins practice early, hasn't been ruled out vs. Lightning

David Krejci leaves Bruins practice early, hasn't been ruled out vs. Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. — There’s still plenty of question whether David Krejci is going to play on Thursday night after he exited practice early on Wednesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

Krejci left Monday afternoon’s win over the Ducks in the second period with an upper body injury that limited him to just seven minutes on the ice, but he did appear at Wednesday’s practice cleared for contact while wearing a normal white practice sweater.

Krejci did leave halfway through the practice session, though, and it was Charlie Coyle centering Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie in a makeshift second line that could be what we see Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bruce Cassidy called things “day-to-day” with Krejci at this point, but didn’t rule him out from playing against Tampa.

“He’s nursing an upper body injury, so he skated half of practice. Tomorrow we’ll see how he is. We’ll rule him as day-to-day and I’m not going to rule him out [against the Lightning] and I won’t say he’s definitely in,” said Cassidy, who also added that defenseman Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) has begun skating on his own ahead of Bruins practice as well.

The 33-year-old Krejci already missed time at the beginning of the season with a lower body injury suffered during the preseason and will have already missed more games with injuries this season (two) than he did all of last year if he can’t suit up against the divisional rival Lightning. That’s a bit of a warning sign for a player in Krejci who’s had injury issues in his recent past and is an aging player coming off a heavy workload last season with the extra 24 games played during the postseason.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Wednesday’s Bruins practice:

FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk Charlie Coyle Brett Ritchie
Danton Heinen/David Backes Par Lindholm Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk/Connor Clifton Steven Kampfer

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask Jaroslav Halak

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NHL Power Rankings: Surprise starts continue across the league

NHL Power Rankings: Surprise starts continue across the league

Two weeks into the NHL's regular season, exactly one undefeated team remains: the 5-0-0 Avalanche. 

And while it's still incredibly early, there have been a number of surprise starts. The Sabres and Oilers weren't supposed to be among the best teams in the NHL this season, but both are off and running while teams like the Stars and Sharks have stumbled.

In Boston, the Bruins have won five of their first six games for the team's second-best start in the last 42 seasons, but the schedule is about to pick up with games against the Lightning, Maple Leafs (2) and Blues over the next 10 days.

So where do the B's and the rest of the league stand to this point in the season?

Click here for Joe Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings.>>>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.