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.