Krug signs with Bruins, will join team in Boston


Krug signs with Bruins, will join team in Boston

ANAHEIM The Bruins will get another new face at practice and potentially in games after signing undrafted Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug to an entry level contract. Krug will meet the Bruins when they return back to Boston and will be with the team for Tuesdays morning skate prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Krug will practice and travel with the Bruins and potentially play with them as part of the negotiated deal with the Bruins, so one of his three contracted years will be burnt hanging with the Bruins for the final seven games of the season.

Peter Chiarelli said theres a chance that Krug could get into a game or two with the Bruins, but it could be tough given that his arrival makers nine healthy defenseman on the roster. At 5-foot-9 and 180-pounds Krug is clearly a puck-moving defenseman and power play quarterback, but the youngster wont be available for playoff roster consideration.

If theres a chance to play him I believe he might get a chance. But hes going to skate with the team and go through that experience, said Chiarelli. If circumstances dictate that hell play, and the coach decides hell play, then hell play.

The Krug signing sheds a little light on Bostons decision to trade Russian defenseman Yury Alexandrov to the New York Islanders for future considerations last week a move exacted to make room for Krugs contract on the organizational depth charts. Peter Chiarelli indicated the Bruins are at 49 contracts with a limit of 50 per NHL organization so theres still room to make one more signing prior to the playoffs if the opportunity presents itself.

Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated that the experience of watching Bostons push to the playoffs could be beneficial to a young player like Krug.

I knew it was in the works. Well head home tomorrow and talk to the front office. I havent seen him play, but a lot of good things are being said about this fella. I dont get a chance to watch a lot of college and junior hockey, said Julien. It makes for a lot of players, but you just wish youd had all those players a couple of weeks ago.

Its coming in and sometimes its a little bit of an initiation. Its not a bad thing. They come and spend some time with us, and it makes things a lot easier as far coming in next year. The strength requirements and the routine involved, and getting to know the rest of the guys . . . there are a lot of advantages. Anything that will make a player feel more comfortable headed into next year is a good thing.

Krug recently finished his junior season at Michigan State University after serving as captain for the second straight year.

In 38 games with Michigan State this year, he set career bests in goals (12), assists (22) and points (34) and was named the CCHA Player of the Year and a 2012 Hobey Baker Award Finalist. He led all CCHA defenseman in scoring, was selected as the Best Offensive Defenseman for the second straight season and shared the CCHA scoring crown with Notre Dames T.J. Tynan, becoming the first defenseman to capture a CCHA scoring title since 1986-87. He was also named to CCHAs First Team for the second year in a row.

In 114 career CCHA games at Michigan State, the 20-year-old finished with 26 goals, 57 assists and 83 points. The Bruins also announced that theyve signed former draft picks Zach Trotman and Justin Florek to entry-level deals and theyve already begun playing with the Providence Bruins.

ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats


ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats

In an expansive profile on The, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says he and his wife were subjected to death threats because of Mortensen’s Deflategate coverage.

After the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game victory in January 2015, Mortensen tweeted information he said he received from a source that has long since been proven incorrect. The info - that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs in the game were underinflated by 2 pounds - remained uncorrected on Twitter and in an story for more than six months.  

The controversy over Mortensen’s reporting drew the ire of Patriots fans, many of whom blamed the tweet and his story for fanning the flames of what eventually led to a four-game suspension for Tom Brady and a $1 million fine and loss of draft picks for the Patriots. 

Mortensen, who has subsequently undergone treatment for cancer, told The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis that the threats led him to tell his wife Micki that he didn’t want her traveling with him from their home in Arkansas to Bristol, Connecticut when he did studio work for ESPN. 

“What bothered me is we’re in an era where if your wife goes onto social media, she basically reads that they want you to die,” Mortensen said. “Even after I got cancer, I got some death wishes.”

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“My job is to protect her,” he said. When Mort himself came to Bristol, he behaved like someone who was living under a public threat. He went straight from the ESPN studio to his home, avoiding restaurants and rarely appearing in public.

Mortensen said after his initial tweet, a second source, with whom he had a better relationship, told him to used a broader description of the footballs, i.e. call them “significantly underinflated.”  Mortensen now acknowledges that information should have given him pause.

“That should have raised the journalist in me to a higher level,” he told the Ringer. “I’ve got to ask some more questions here. What are we talking about, 2 pounds under? But, no, I got to get on TV.”

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.