Throughout this NHL offseason, the most popular storyline surrounding the Boston Bruins has been the potential for a Torey Krug trade. And with the re-signing of Matt Grzelcyk and the signing of John Moore, the rumors were fueled even more.
On this week’s Bruins Beat, Bruins reporter for the Athletic Joe McDonald came on and had a stern message for the Krug rumors.
“I don’t think Krug is going anywhere right now,” said McDonald.
He gave two main reasons as to why Krug will still be in black and gold come next season.
“One, will Krug even be ready to start the season?” asked McDonald. “And two, guys always get hurt during training camp.”
Krug broke his left ankle during this past playoff run in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning when Alex Killorn awkwardly pushed him into the boards.
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McDonald continued to vouch for his belief that Krug would be staying in Boston.
“I think he is going to be in that lineup and it goes back to depth in the organization,” said Joey Mac. “Now that they have that depth, they create the internal competition with Boston and Providence and it will drive these younger guys.”
Many people in favor of trading Krug say that Grzelcyk is showing signs to become the team’s next power play quarterback. They’re both short, small and have incredible elusiveness when carrying the puck.
McDonald doesn’t support that argument.
“Krug is so much fun to watch,” said the veteran reporter in awe. “What he does, for a smaller guy, it’s just so much fun to watch.”
A team never wants to trade away leaders and with Krug, that could be a very big drawback to trading him.
“There’s one thing about Krug and that’s that he works his butt off,” said McDonald. “He’s a leader in that room.”
Bruins Beat host Jimmy Murphy summed up the conversation perfectly and with a sentiment will always be true no matter how much the league changes.
“You can never have too much defense!”