Bruins defenseman Torey Krug hasn’t slowed down since his fine performance in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in nine games, and has the Bruins’ power play on top of the NHL rankings.
The more Krug continues to perform and help the Bruins win, the more urgent it becomes for Boston to sign the 28-year-old to a contract extension. If he doesn’t get extended, Krug could become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Krug is in the last year of his four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.25 million. He addressed the state of his contract negotiations with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on an appearance on The Greg Hill Show on Wednesday.
“It’s a work-in-progress,” Krug said. “Obviously nothing’s done right now, so you’d like to get to that point. But we’ll see. I don’t really want to talk too much about it just out of respect for everything, for Donny, for my teammates as well, just being in the thick of the season. But we’ll see, hopefully it works out that way.”
Greg asked Krug about comments he made earlier in the year about being willing to take less money to stay with the Bruins, the only NHL organization he has known since he left Michigan State and became a college free agent in 2012. Krug waxed poetic about his love for the Bruins and Boston.
“Well the idea behind it is you know realistically just living a happy life,” Krug said. “This is a great city where, you know I’ve mentioned before, championships are expected on a yearly basis and we expect it of ourselves.
“And ultimately winning makes a lot of people happy, so when we have the group that we have and you understand how things work here, the camaraderie, brotherhood if you will, these are some of our closest friends that we’ve grown up together and you want to be part of it for a very long time.
“And then you couple that with how happy your family is, you want your kid to grow up in this wonderful city as well, you just pair all those things together and that’s where the thought process comes from.”
Krug also talked about the Bruins’ upcoming rematch with the St. Louis Blues, David Pastrnak’s hot start, Tuukka Rask’s status among athletes in Boston and whether the Bruins will look for a team song.