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Torey Krug said he 'laughed' about trade rumors involving him this summer

Torey Krug said he 'laughed' about trade rumors involving him this summer

BRIGHTON – With the trade of Adam McQuaid at the beginning of this week, the likelihood is that the Bruins are done trading defensemen now that the surplus of eight NHL guys has been subtracted by one player.

So it doesn’t seem likely at all that Torey Krug is going to get moved after his name came up in the summer-time for the first time really in his entire career with the Bruins. It wasn’t like the Bruins wanted to move a player whose 110 points over the last two seasons trails only Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and John Klingberg among NHL D-men. But if they were in the market for a top-six goal-scorer to put on David Krejci’s wing then they would have had to give up something quality as well, and Krug would have been a logical choice given A) his cap hit, and B) the emergence of young D-men like Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk.

None of that seemed to shake Krug’s confidence in his job as a premier offensive D-man for the Black and Gold, however.

“I don’t really see anybody doing my job here. I just have to make sure I show up every day and do the job the best that I can,” said Krug, who remained behind in Boston while rehabbing a fractured ankle as the bulk of the team trains in China. “You can’t really worry about too many things that people are saying. You go back to that famous line that it’s the nature of the business. So I’m still here and ready to do my job.”

Instead the Bruins will start the year with seven D-men with McQuaid now in New York, and they’ll attempt to fill any open top-six winger spots with their phalanx of young forwards that includes Danton Heinen, Ryan Donato and Anders Bjork among others. So it looks like Krug will fill his regular role as a top-four guy and power play quarterback, coming off a season where he led all B’s defensemen with 14 goals and 59 points while averaging 20:24 of ice time per game.

Clearly Krug was happy to stay in Boston when the dust had settled on the D-men situation, but the 27-year-old also admitted that it was virtually impossible to ignore trade rumors involving him, so more believable than others.

“You try to ignore it and then you laugh about certain things. You just focus on what you do as an individual and on your job every day, and then whatever happens, happens,” said Krug, who probably had the Edmonton Oilers on his limited no-trade list based on the way he answered the questions about trade rumors. “It’s just funny when you read something and then realize that there’s probably no chance certain things can happen…then others pick up on it and snowballs into a rumor or something.

“There are things you can’t control as an athlete, and that’s just part of it. Look, if [Wayne] Gretzky can get traded then anybody can get traded, so it doesn’t really matter from that perspective. You’d definitely feel wanted [if others teams inquired about you], but I have a job to do here and I feel that nobody else does the job that I do here.”  

With McQuaid gone, that also takes away one of Krug’s longtime ‘D’ partners and he’ll have to get used to skating with either Kevan Miller or Brandon Carlo once the season gets going. Krug has skated with both players before to varying degrees of success, but it’s clear that his role will remain the same: push the puck, create in the offensive end, man a successful and dangerous power play and keep doing the things that nobody seems able to do on the back end for the B’s right now. 

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Providence Bruins create award dedicated to memory of Colby Cave

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Providence Bruins create award dedicated to memory of Colby Cave

Four months after the tragic death of Colby Cave, the Providence Bruins are taking action to ensure his legacy will not be forgotten.

Cave was just 25 years old when he died in April after suffering a brain bleed.

But now the Providence Bruins have partnered with the Cave Family and the Boston Bruins Foundation to create the Colby Cave Memorial Award to honor his commitment to helping those in need. The award will be presented each season to a deserving Providence Bruins player for their dedication to the community and charitable organizations. 

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“The Colby Cave Memorial Award is a special way to honor and remember Colby for his leadership qualities and humanitarian efforts,” said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney in a statement. “Driven and committed to be an NHL player, Colby was also uniquely unselfish with teammates and anyone that needed help! Emily, the Cave Family and the entire Hockey World lost a great person who was beloved by everyone that was fortunate enough to spend time with Colby Cave.”

"From the first day he stepped into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to the day he left for the NHL, Colby Cave inspired each and every one of us with his diligence, selflessness and compassion,” added Providence head coach Jay Leach. “Always the first to help, both with his teammates, and throughout our community, Colby set the precedent that we aspire to uphold."

Cave signed with the Bruins as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and spent several years in Providence where he played alongside Bruins like Jake DeBrusk (also a teammate of Cave's in juniors), Sean Kuraly, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon and others. 

In 239 games with the P-Bruins, Cave often wore the 'A' as the team's assistant captain, racking up 43 goals and 115 points in parts of five seasons. He made his Boston debut in December 2017 and appeared in 23 games with the Bruins over two seasons, but when the team attempted to return him back to Providence in January 2019, he was claimed on waivers by the Oilers, with whom he played 44 games over the last two seasons.

Fans who would like to honor Colby’s memory can do so by donating at BostonBruins.com/Community/Foundation-Donations. The fund’s proceeds go toward community programs with an emphasis on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children.

NHL Playoffs: Bruins make lineup changes for Game 1; David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask ready to go

NHL Playoffs: Bruins make lineup changes for Game 1; David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask ready to go

The Bruins will have a full, healthy group when they take the ice for Game 1 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at the Toronto bubble at Scotiabank Arena.

David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask were both part of an optional morning skate on Tuesday and Rask will get the start against the Hurricanes after posting a gaudy .955 save percentage against them in the Eastern Conference Final a little over a year ago. Otherwise, it will be rugged rookie D-man Jeremy Lauzon getting the starting nod for the Bruins on the bottom pairing and Connor Clifton coming out of the lineup after he played well in last weekend’s round-robin finale vs. Washington.

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On Monday, the Bruins readied for the “real games” by watching a video that featured all of the coaches', players' and staff’s families wishing the Bruins well from back home, and sending the message that “we are all in it” from Boston. Now that the glorified exhibition games of the round robin are over with, Cassidy said there’s a tangible note of excitement in the group as they ready for the first round.

This is exactly what the Bruins have been waiting five months for while staying sharp and in shape during a global pandemic.

"I think guys right now are pretty focused on the job at hand. That's Game 1 against Carolina,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I think we've all been looking forward to this first playoff game. I think our guys are excited.

“It’s the way we played at the end of the year [with Lauzon] and we’re not burying that part of the season. Clifton played [a round robin game] and Johnny Moore one game, so we probably made that decision back in training camp with the way we allotted the ice time. At the end of the day if we need to make a switch in the lineup then we will, but we felt that gives us the best balance in our lineup of size and puck-moving ability.”

For the Carolina Hurricanes, they are expected to get Dougie Hamilton back after having not played for the last seven months following a broken leg suffered in the middle of January.

With Lauzon in the lineup and the Bruins settling into their middle-6 lines with Ondrej Kase and Anders Bjork on the right side, here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings set to go up against the Hurricanes on Tuesday 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