Veteran defenseman Torey Krug still hasn’t inked a new contract with Boston Bruins, leaving many of the team’s fans worried that one of their best players might walk away as a free agent this offseason. One of them is former Bruin and Hall of Famer defenseman Ray Bourque.
In a recent chat with The Athletic, Bourque said that he hopes Krug re-signs with Bruins and spends the rest of his career there.
“I just hope he gets to live out his career here in Boston,” said Bourque. “It’ll be great for everybody, and I know he knows that, but he knows the business side of it as well and that always makes it tough.”
Tony Krug was in the middle of another productive year, contributing with 53 points in 64 games before coronavirus caused NHL to suspend the 2019/20 season. Bruins had the league-best record at the moment with 44-14-12.
Since making his NHL debut with Bruins in 2011, Krug played 462 games, scoring 58 goals and dishing 230 assists. His 288 career points are most by an American-born player in Boston Bruins history.
“He’s a special player,” Bourque said. “He’s such a competitor. He’s a great kid. He’s a great Bruin. He wants to be a Bruin. You watch that team play, and you can see the joy and the fun that they have playing together and the chemistry that team has. … I’d love to see him sign here.”
Bourque himself played 21 seasons in Boston between 1979 and 1999, before joining Colorado Avalanche. And although the move to Colorado enable him win his first and only Stanley Cup, he still wishes that he was able to do that with the Bruins.