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The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends quite a bit of his Sunday notebook discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs' mess and their need to rebuild around Phil Kessel--a little contrary to the "wisdom" coming out of Toronto these days (and I'm sorry, Leaf fans, Kessel has all the social graces of a perpetually angry 5-year-old, but he's the best player you've got)--but I do believe that he's the first person to make this suggestion:
There is no secret to playing the Bruins. Opponents have identified that panic sets in if they forecheck aggressively and get in the Bruins’ faces. On defense, the Bruins don’t have the personnel to retrieve pucks quickly and shuttle them forward before they’re picking the backs of their heads out of the glass.
The Bruins are indeed slow-footed if they're not the ones smashing their opponents on the forecheck.
Of their regular six-pack, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug are the best at moving the puck. When he’s not skittish, Matt Bartkowski does the job, too. But it’s too easy for other teams to slam down hard, eliminate the D-to-D pass, and hound the Bruins below the dots. No club can succeed when it’s under assault behind the goal line.
By next season, Joe Morrow might be ready for full-time NHL work. He’s not enough. The Bruins need at least one more defenseman who can move the puck with poise.
With Arizona rebuilding, GM Don Maloney is listening on everyone, including Keith Yandle. The Bruins would have to send Krug the other way, along with maybe another young roster player, a pick, and a prospect. They’d also have to clear out cash. Neither is easy to do.
Shinzawa continues, and as this is KK hockey, I (George) will refrain from adding a .gif of someone raising a middle finger regarding Mr. Shinzawa's "good on the NHL for fining Gustav Nyquist" line.
The second infraction was a dive, but the first wasn't--and I think it's pretty pathetic that the NHL's far more concerned with having its referees determine if a player's embellishing than, you know, calling the obstruction, interference, moving picks, tackles, seals and sit-on-him moves that have become commonplace again in a clutchier, grabbier NHL than we've seen since the 04-05 season mercifully ended with Calgary unable to all but literally rope down John Tortorella's Lightning.
“We’re a team right now that is on the outside looking in.
“We can talk about the effort and look at what guys are doing all game, but we can’t be satisfied with that. We’re upset we don’t get the results because that’s what we demand out of ourselves and out of this team and the guys in this locker room.
“We bring that effort to most games and it’s well known our team works hard and competes hard, so when you don’t get those bounces you think sometimes you deserve, it’s easy to get down on yourself. But you have to make sure we bring everything to get those two points.’’
-Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins after a 3-2 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators. More on the Bruins from Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe.
This Saturday, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman got six minutes' worth of time to discuss hockey headlines, and they stated that:
- Boston University forward and top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel may or may not bolt from NCAA hockey to join a Canadian Hockey League team, with the Saint John Sea Dogs owning his rights. Cox points out that Charlie Coyle, Adam Tambellini and Sonny Milano have all committed to NCAA teams and then joined CHL teams instead, so it is possible that Eichel may be on the move after he plays for Team USA at the World Junior Championships--and BC goalie Thatcher Demko might also exit stage CHL;
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In case you missed it earlier today, Krug will miss 2-3 weeks.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Wednesday, October 29, that the club has recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence (American Hockey League). Morrow and Warsofsky will join the team in Wilmington, MA on Wednesday for their 11:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena and will travel with the team to Buffalo.
Chiarelli also announced that defenseman Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. The injury occurred during the Bruins/Wild game on Tuesday, October 28.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 29, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts through the 2014-15 season, each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
In his time as the Bruins general manager, Peter Chiarelli has usually valued his players’ peace of mind over the loose change that could be won in contract blood feuds.
But in the case of unsigned players Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, he’s so far shown that he’s willing to hold the line. With slightly more than $3 million available to him under the cap, he’s got no other choice, at least not one that’s palatable to him.
The B’s have not budged off their original offers of one-year bridge deals, believed to be worth between $1-$1.5 million. Are the B’s being unfair to Smith and Krug? No, they are simply using the leverage afforded to them by the CBA, just as both players were able to work things to their advantage when they wanted to a burn the first year of their entry level deals by playing less than a handful of NHL games at the end of their respective college careers, with Smith signing with Dallas as a third-round pick and Krug (a highly sought-after undrafted free agent) signing with the Bruins in the spring of 2012.
Hardball is not part of Chiarelli’s game. Not only have his spending tendencies helped transform the Bruins’ image from that of a skinflint operation into one that treats its players more than fairly, Chiarelli seems to truly believe that having his best players squared away financially produces a better on-ice product.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
A source with knowledge of Krug’s negotiations told CSNNE.com that there’s been a sizeable offer made for the defenseman’s services by an unidentified KHL team. The offer, according to the source, included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus.
When contacted by CSNNE.com, Krug’s agent, Lewis Gross, wouldn’t confirm, or deny, that the KHL offer existed, and instead offered an apologetic “no comment.”
The KHL offer is certainly plausible given Krug’s high profile after finishing fourth in Calder Trophy voting, and could be part of the KHL’s ongoing determination to cherry pick disgruntled NHL players for the Russian Hockey League. It also wouldn’t be unprecedented this summer as former B’s forward Vladimir Sobotka bolted St. Louis for the KHL after becoming unhappy when the Blues offered him arbitration rather than a big money multi-year deal.
It’s highly, highly unlikely Krug would eschew both the NHL and the Bruins to hop in bed with a volatile KHL outfit that hasn’t always turned out to be the greatest fit for American-born hockey players. Krug doesn't really fit the profile of NHL players that bolt for Russia.
It may be, however, the one very long shot option for Krug if negotiations don’t turn out well between his camp and the current B’s front office that has always treated their players fairly in the past when given the chance.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
All is quiet with Torey Krug and the Boston Bruins. That’s probably exactly the way the Boston front office has mapped it out.
Due to the interesting circumstances behind their first pro contracts, neither Krug nor Reilly Smith have full restricted free-agent rights; instead, they're entry-level restricted free agents. Both Krug and Smith got that designation after burning the first year of their entry-level deals coming out of the NCAA, and currently have just two years of service time in pro hockey.
They can’t sign any offer sheets this summer, can’t move to any other teams, don’t have any arbitration rights and are fully under the power of a salary cap-strapped Bruins team while waiting for new bridge-type contracts....
It was believed initially that both Krug and Smith could be looking at second contracts in the Ondrej Palat/Tyler Johnson range of 3 years/$10 million. Now that won’t be happening this summer, given their service-time status.
It’s much more likely that Krug and Smith will be steered into signing one- or two-year deals in the $1 million-2 million AAV (average annual value) range that are friendly to the organization. That’s clearly a positive development for Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins, but isn’t so great for exciting young players in Krug and Smith after breakout NHL campaigns in 2013-14.
read on for more on Krug...
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
NEW YORK (June 24, 2014) -- The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.
Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.
Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding season:
The last few dinosaurs of the stand-up goaltending technique--30-something-and-up goalies like myself--fondly remember goaltenders like Bob Essensa as pioneeers, and as cautionary reminders that relying on the same technique all the time was nothing less than dangerous.
In an era when goaltenders stayed on their feet until shots came their way, Essensa offered a unique alternative to trying to look OVER your opponents when screened. Instead of poking his head over traffic, he'd crouch down to the point that his entire torso and head were parallel to his thighs, looking through players' elbows and even around their butts to find the puck.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's all just a little incongruous.
Torey Krug, after all, is in so many ways just a kid. A 22-year-old who has 23 NHL regular-season games under his belt.
He still talks to his dad, who coached him growing up, after every game.
And yet there are elements to Krug that make him seem impossibly mature.
He married his college sweetheart in a backyard service at his in-laws' home this past summer. He made the Bruins team out of camp this fall, his first-ever NHL training camp after signing with the team as a free agent after he completed his third year at Michigan State in the spring of 2012. And, of course, there is his play on the ice: smooth, fearless, confident, something that belies his youthfulness and relative inexperience.
Given his play in the playoffs last spring, when he stepped into an injury-depleted Bruins lineup and helped them reach the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals, it's hard to think of Krug as anything but a savvy NHLer. And yet as the league moves into the second quarter of the season, Krug has six goals and 12 points -- more than any other Boston defenseman, including captain and former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Now let’s end the No. 4 comparisons. Krug is no Bobby Orr. Said another way, there will never be another Orr, which is both a good and bad thing in our town. They build statues for players like Orr, in large part because we don’t believe their likes ever will be seen again. If we’ve had the best, everything else is just the rest.
Krug, though, is a very special player. He is small, shifty, quick, and best of all, he shoots the puck a megaton. Best of all, he shoots it accurately, finding the 24-square-foot net the way a certain Foxborough quarterback finds receivers of all heights and widths. Not much pulls me out of the old press box chair anymore, but he did it Saturday with 3:48 gone in the second period with a one-timer he whistled by Henrik Lundqvist.
One shot. Game changed. Krug’s blast, on a power play, tied it at 1-1, and 36:12 later the Bruins and Rangers were lining up on the ice to shake hands. Bruins with bags packed for Pittsburgh. Rangers with bags packed for a trip back to New York, with the ice machine already powering down at Madison Square Garden.
“Unbelievable poise with the puck,’’ marveled teammate and veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “Great skating legs. He jumps to the open areas. And he makes very nice shots . . . I mean, perfect shots.’’