Torey Krug prepares to set high bar for Bruins during contract year – FOXSports.com
Updated AUG 4, 2015 at 12:03p ET
In every job, young employees often face the difficulties of grinding it out early in order to get rewarded farther down the line, and the same holds true for Boston’s Torey Krug.
The 24-year-old Bruin will play out his second consecutive one-year deal this coming season, and Krug recently told CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman that he hopes the short contracts are a preface to a bigger and better deal with the team next summer.
“I obviously want to be here and I want to play for this team,” Krug told Kalman. “Being a Boston Bruin is very important to me. That’s one of the reasons I chose to come here, the organization and everything that comes with it.
“For me, it’s about this year, showing your worth, your value. … It’s a big year for me. I want the stability for my family and obviously for my mental sake, sanity and everything. It would be great. But I’m very determined.”
Krug knows a little something about how far determination can get a player. At just 5-foot-9, he’s small for a defenseman, and he was never drafted. So Krug forced NHL teams’ hands, playing at such a high level in three years at Michigan State University that he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey. Krug left college after three seasons when he signed an entry-level contract as a free agent with the Bruins.
In 2012-13, Krug spent his first professional season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, but he earned a call-up to the big club in the playoffs and made an immediate mark, as he became the first rookie defenseman in league history to score four goals in his first five playoff games.
Krug started the 2013-14 season in the NHL and never looked back. This past season, he played through a broken finger for much of the year in order to help round out a depleted Boston defense corps. He also made his international hockey debut when he played for Team USA for the first time in the IIHF World Championships in May. Krug impressed with five points in 10 games.
So this upcoming season, his next goal will be securing a multi-year contract with the team he chose to sign with out of …Read More