By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
If the NHL runs out of time and finds themselves unable to settle in home-city rinks, North Dakota -- or even Manchester, N.H. -- there's a strong possibility that Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has played his final game in a B's uniform.
Speaking with the media in a Zoom video conference on Tuesday, the 28-year-old pending free agent touched on that potentially sour way of ending a Boston career that's included 337 points in 523 total games since 2012.
"I really hope I did not play my last game as a Boston Bruin," Krug, who has spent his entire pro career with the Bruins since signing with Boston as an undrafted free agent, admitted. "It’s been a special place for me and my family to grow, and my love for the game and playing in front of these fans, it’s been very special for me."
Krug's situation has been talked about at great length; At 28, and after a four-year, $21 million deal that's turned out to be a true bargain for the Bruins based on Krug's production, the 5-foot-9 power-play dynamo is set for a major payday. It's absolutely going to happen for Krug, whether it's in Boston or not. Krug has been forthright throughout this entire process, too, saying that he would consider a hometown discount, but in not-so-many words noting that he'd like to be taken care of. (As he should, by the way, as the quarterback of the one of the fiercest power-play units in all of hockey and with top-10 production among all NHL defensemen since signing that aforementioned $21 million extension back in 2016.)
But answers have been few and far between, according to Krug.
Part of that has been the 'business as usual' approach from the Bruins, but serious talk of a Boston payday has likely hit its newest snag with the indefinite hiatus that'll undoubtedly impact the NHL's revenue stream this season, which will almost certainly impact the 2020-21 salary cap ceiling from its original, Boston-friendly projections.
“In terms of clarity there pretty much has been none,” Krug offered. “From a business perspective I can only guess that things are going to look a little bit different from the salary cap perspective next year and team structures as well are going to be affected by that, but I really have no clarity.
“I wish I had a better answer for you, but that’s just the reality of the situation.”