Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was called up to Boston when the organization thought they had a done deal for Jarome Iginla, and he’s been sent back down to the AHL now that they don’t.
The 21-year-old Krug had an assist in 15:47 of ice time in Boston’s 6-5 shootout loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, and skated with the Bruins during Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. But he also met with Peter Chiarelli following practice and was certainly given the news that he wouldn’t be making the road trip to Philadelphia and Buffalo this weekend.
It’s expected that Johnny Boychuk may return to the lineup after being upgraded to a “game time” decision for Saturday afternoon’s tilt against the Flyers, and Matt Bartkowski is still available after not being traded away to Calgary in the Iginla deal that never happened.
That didn’t dampen Krug’s experience, though, as he played well against the Habs after consistently ranking as Providence’s best offensive defenseman while putting up 10 goals and 24 assists in 55 games for the P-Bruins this season. The 34 points rank sixth among all AHL defensemen this season. The quick cup of coffee in Boston gives Krug another little something to build on this season, and he now has two assists in three career NHL games counting his appearances at the end of last season.
“I said it last year and I’ll say it again this year, I’ve been so comfortable coming into this locker room with the coaching staff and other players,” said Krug. “I’ve been really comfortable and fortunate in that regard.”
So Krug will go back to Providence for the time being, but the likelihood is that he’ll be back in Boston again sooner rather than later.