Nearly a month after the NHL suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, everything remains uncertain when it comes to a potential return.
For Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, there's even more uncertainty given that he's in the final year of his contract. Krug has said throughout the season that he loves playing and living in Boston and would like to stay, even going so far as to say he'd take a little less money to do so.
On a media conference call Tuesday, Krug said he hopes he gets another chance to wear the Bruins sweater, but that he hasn't any contract talks during the layoff and that he doesn't really have any clarity about the situation.
"I really hope I did not play my last game as a Boston Bruin," Krug said. "It’s been a great place for me and my family to grow. My love for the game and playing in front of these fans, it’s been very special for me. But (this break) hasn’t given me any clarity. If anything it’s made me wonder about this process a little more, because I was just in the moment and playing games to help my team win and hopefully push us in the right direction to win a championship, and now with this season paused, I’ve definitely wondered about what’s going to happen. But in terms of clarity, there’s pretty much been none. From a business perspective, I can’t put any assumptions on it, but I can only guess that things are going to look a little bit different from a salary cap perspective next year."
As far as whether the 2019-20 season will resume or what it will look like if it does, Krug, like many across the league, said he's open to pretty much any idea, as long as it's safe and fair.
"With so many different unknowns, it’s tough to understand what our circumstances will be and what will be available to us, whether that’s back to normal buildings with fans involved, or empty arenas, or one of the things being tossed around is neutral sites where teams gather," Krug said. "For me, I think it’s just a fairness thing. As long as everyone’s in a situation where the playing field’s level and we’re all able to compete for a Stanley Cup, that’s our ultimate goal.
"I don’t know how it’s going to play out. I think none of us do. It’s almost a great opportunity to get creative and see what we can come up with, but in terms of restoring the integrity of the game we have to make sure we’re not doing anything crazy. We want to hang our hats on it and be proud of what we were able to do under these circumstances, but the integrity of the game is extremely important. We want to make sure it’s fair."