Pool Quotes: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli on the signing of colleg free agent defenseman Torey Krug
On why Krug will come straight to Boston rather than going to Providence… As part of the negotiation we broke the year. In a typical, three-year entry-level contract, which Torey received, this will be the first year. So, it’s basically what was required to get him to sign.
On his skill set and what will make him successful quickly as a pro… He’s a really good skater, has a very good head on his shoulders, sees the game very well and he passes the puck well. He’s a mature player.
On if it’s expected that he’ll play with nine defensemen or if it’s for the experience… It’s a combination of both. if there’s a chance to play him I believe he might get a chance. But he’s going to skate with the team and go through that experience, and if circumstances dictate that he’ll play, and the coach decides he’ll play, then he’ll play.
On why Krug chose Boston… You know I can’t tell you that. We actually almost drafted him last year. We met him last year, we talked to him last year, and we kept in touch with him during the year and you know, I couldn’t tell you that. But a lot could be that we are a successful organization. I know one of the things he talked about liking was that we are successful. He’ll be able to come in and develop and not have to have those high expectations right away.
On if he will make any more moves before the playoffs… We’re at 49 [contracts] now, so we have one left if we have to do anything else.
On the skills Krug has… He’s a two-time captain of Michigan State, was a lone captain as a sophomore. The kid’s got tremendous character. He’s not a big player, but he’s got a lot of heart.