The Boston Bruins have two defensemen still unsigned in Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, so Torey Krug’s contract negotiations haven’t even started yet. That’s what the veteran defenseman told media including Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, explaining that though he hasn’t had any talks with the Bruins about extending his contract—which is scheduled to expire after the 2019-20 season—he can understand why as they try to get his teammates back in time for training camp.
Krug will be an unrestricted free agent next summer if an extension isn’t worked out, and likely among the most sought-after names on the open market. The 28-year old is coming off three consecutive seasons in which he has recorded at least 51 points, including an incredible 53 in just 64 games last year. Krug could also have been in the running for the Conn Smythe trophy had the Bruins taken home the Stanley Cup, after posting 18 points in 24 postseason games. Though he has been involved in constant trade speculation for the last several seasons, Krug may carry even more importance on the Boston blueline to start the season if either Carlo or McAvoy (or both) miss time.
- Kendall Coyne-Schofield will join the San Jose Sharks broadcast team as a color analyst for select games this season, as she continues her boycott of the professional women’s hockey leagues. Coyne-Schofield, who gained increased public exposure when she took part in the NHL All-Star Fastest Skater competition last season, was part of a group of more than 200+ women who decided to announce a boycott in May to further their pursuit of increased resources for the women’s game. The PWHPA, formed soon after, will be putting on a showcase of the top talent this fall, but Coyne-Schofield will not be taking part in the Toronto stop on September 21.
- Bo Horvat is ready to take on the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks, if the team decides to give it to him. Horvat told media including Frank Seravalli of TSN that he would welcome the honor and that it “would change the type of player [he] wants to be.” Horvat was dubbed a potential future captain from the moment he hit the ice for the first time with the Canucks in 2014, and has developed into an extremely important part of their lineup. The 24-year old center is coming off his best season as a professional, in which he scored 27 goals and 61 points in 82 games.