Torey Krug said that contract negotiations with the Boston Bruins had not progressed beyond where they were when the NHL season was stopped March 12 because of concerns about coronavirus.
The defenseman can become a free agent without limits at the end of this season.
“This is a good question, maybe a question that many people want to know the answer to,” Krug said on Tuesday. “We have not been in talks since this started. I cannot speak for other UFAs who are in a position like me, but in the case of my situation in Boston, we have not continued talks or made progress on it.”
Krug explained that he did not want to play elsewhere.
“For me personally, I really hope I didn’t play my last match as Boston Bruin,” he said. “This is a special place for me and my family to grow and my love for games and playing in front of these fans, it is very special for me.”
Krug has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins, who signed him as a free agent not registered 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 match.
He is in the last season of a four-year contract with an average annual value of $ 5.25 million which he signed on June 30, 2016.
“I think for anyone who has gone through this – and obviously we are all in relatively similar situations – there is so much that is unknown,” said Krug, who was 29 years old on April 12. “You can only control so many things.”
Krug is eighth in the NHL defensemen this season with 49 points (four goals, 40 assists) in 61 matches. He leads the defense with 28 points (two goals, 26 assists) in power games.
“That hasn’t given me any clarity,” Krug said of the pause. “If anything, it makes me wonder about this process a little more. Because I’m just at the moment and playing the game to help my team win and hopefully push in the right direction to win the championship. With this season stopped, I’m ‘I’m really wondering about what will happen, but in terms of clarity, almost nothing.
“From a business standpoint, I can’t assume. I can only guess that things will look a little different from [NHL] salary cap perspective next year. The team structure will also be influenced by it. I really have no clarity. I wish I had a better answer for you, but that is only the reality of the situation. “
Krug suffered an upper body injury against Tampa Bay Lightning on March 7. He missed one match, winning 2-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 10, before the season was stopped.
“I feel very good. I am healthy now,” said Krug, who moved from Boston to Michigan to accompany his 9-month-old wife and daughter during the break. “I think I have a few hurdles that I have to jump on as soon as I return to get official permission, but so far, I’m fully healthy and I can practice as much as I can here at home. I feel good.”
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