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Krug, Bruins haven't talked contract during pause

Defenseman could be free agent at end of season, wants to stay in Boston

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

Torey Krug said that contract negotiations with the Boston Bruins have not progressed beyond where they were when the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The defenseman could become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

"It's a good question, probably one that many people would like to know an answer to," Krug said Tuesday. "We haven't had any talks since this thing has started. I can't speak for any other UFA that's in a position like I am, but in terms of my situation here in Boston, we haven't continued any talks or made any progress in that regard."

Krug made it clear he doesn't want to play anywhere else.

"For me personally, I really hope I did not play my last game as a Boston Bruin," he said. "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 to me."

Krug has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins, who signed him as an undrafted free agent on March 25, 2012. He has 337 points (67 goals, 270 assists) in 523 regular-season games and 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) in 62 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

He is in the final season of a four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.25 million he signed June 30, 2016. 

"I think for anyone that's been through this -- and obviously we're all in a relatively similar situation -- there's so many unknowns," said Krug, who turns 29 on April 12. "You can only control so much of that."

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Krug is eighth among NHL defensemen this season with 49 points (four goals, 40 assists) in 61 games. He leads defensemen with 28 points (two goals, 26 assists) on the power play.

"It hasn't given me any clarity," Krug said of the pause. "If anything, it's made me wonder about this process a little bit more. Because I was just in the moment and playing games to help my team win and hopefully push in the right direction to win a championship. With this season paused, I've definitely wondered about what's going to happen, but in terms of clarity, there pretty much has been none.

"From a business perspective, I can't put any assumptions on it. I can only guess that things are going to look a little bit different from a [NHL] salary cap perspective next year. Team structures as well are going to be affected by that. I really have no clarity. I wish I had a better answer for you, but that's just the reality of the situation."

Krug sustained an upper-body injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 7. He missed one game, a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 10, before the season was paused.

"I feel really good. I'm healthy right now," said Krug, who moved from Boston to Michigan to be with his in-laws, wife, and 9-month-old daughter during the pause. "I think I have a couple hurdles I have to jump over once I get back to get officially cleared, but as far as it goes, I'm fully healthy and I'm able to train as much as I can here at home. I'm feeling good."

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