The Bruins have today confirmed their signing of Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug, who has left the Spartans after his junior season.
While the deal was reported earlier by several outlets, the fact that Krug is joining Boston and not reporting to the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club is something of a surprise. Krug will be eligible to play in regular-season games but not the postseason.
“If there’s a chance to play him, I believe he might get a chance,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told a pool reporter. “But he’s going to skate with the team and go through that experience, and if circumstances dictate that he’ll play, and the coach decides he’ll play, then he’ll play.”
Chiarelli said that letting Krug report to Boston was part of how the club enticed him to choose the Bruins over other teams. He also said that Krug is a “really good” skater with good vision. Krug, who was never drafted, said in a press conference he picked the Bruins out of five or six teams total, and that he wanted to go to a winning organization.
Krug lists at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. With the Spartans he posted 12-22-34 totals in 38 games. He was selected as the CCHA Player of the Year. Boston’s undersized defenseman from Michigan (Steven Kampfer) didn’t work out, so now the Bruins will give it a shot with an undersized MSU blueliner.
Chiarelli also noted that even with his recent flurry of signings, the Bruins are now at 49 contracts. So he has one more space left if someone comes available.