Boston Bruins

Mar 30, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) attempts a shot against the Florida Panthers during the third period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

In news that really shouldn’t shock you, NHL sources do not believe that the Bruins will trade puck-moving defenseman and pending unrestricted free agent Torey Krug between now and the NHL trade deadline.

From Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:

Krug has nine points in his first 12 games. Whatever the Bruins decide to do here, no one expects him to be dealt if he’s unsigned by the deadline. Boston is going for it, and he’s a big part of what they do.

The update is far from a shock, as Krug has been a top five power-play quarterback in the league throughout his (highly-affordable) four-year contract with the Bruins, and currently ranks fourth among all Boston skaters in points, with nine. Looking at the league as a whole, Krug ranks 11th in scoring among defensemen.

That power-play production is the key, really, as Krug has been on the ice for 11 of Boston’s 13 power-play goals this season, and helps serve up the brilliant feeds that David Pastrnak has hammered through goaltenders at a league-best rate in 2019-20.

Krug has been open about his desire to stay with the Bruins (he’s noted that he’s willing to take less to stay in Boston), but is also confident that a team will give him a fair deal should his camp and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney decide to go in a different direction between now and July 1.

The sides recently opened dialogue on a possible contract extension, but neither has appeared been willing to share too many updates or too much information when it comes to a possible extension, as they would prefer to respect the process.

Krug, who originally joined the Bruins as an undrafted free agent, has spent his entire pro career with the Black and Gold, and has totaled 59 goals and 297 points in 474 games with the Bruins, making him the seventh-highest scoring d-man in team history.

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