By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Talks between the Bruins and pending free agent Torey Krug have been ‘few and far between’ this summer, according to Krug.
And it doesn’t feel like much has changed on that front either, as confirmed by B’s general manager Don Sweeney’s non-update in his year-end press conference Wednesday.
“Well, we haven’t found a landing spot,” Sweeney said. “You guys know me well enough that I’m not going to comment publicly on any different contract negotiations other than hoping to find a landing spot when I have good player and people that I feel are important to our organization and Torey is such.”
Boston’s premier power-play quarterback since bursting onto the scene in 2013, the 29-year-old Krug is set to hit the open market after another top-tier season from a production standpoint, with 49 points in 61 games. That 49-point plateau made Krug the league’s eighth-highest scoring defender in 2019-20, and Krug’s 256 points since the start of the 2015-16 season are the sixth-most among all NHL defensemen.
The 5-foot-9 Krug, who totaled six helpers in 13 games in the Toronto bubble, has also been upfront about this being his time to maximize his value, saying that he’s repeatedly bet on himself to this point. (Read as: He wants the bag that he’s successfully worked for since departing Michigan State almost ten years ago.)
The Bruins have the cash to do that, too, but their willingness to commit to Krug’s mid-30s years remains the question.
“I only hope that we made the moves to accommodate what he and his family and agent feel he has earned,” Sweeney said of Krug’s upcoming payday. “I would be the last person to begrudge any player trying to make the best decision for they and their family. And in a perfect world it’s with us, but we know that the world is anything but perfect right about now.
“I don’t have an update on any individual contract level. Torey’s personal voice? He’s entitled to say whatever the hell he feels he wants to say.”
Krug has spent his entire career with the Bruins, and his 337 points with the Bruins are the seventh-most by any defenseman in franchise history, and the most among any American-born player in team history.