Tough Break for B’s Krug
By Steve Conroy
The Bruins did not escape training camp unscathed.
As was feared on Saturday when he left the final preseason game in the first period, Torey Krug will be missing significant time with a left ankle injury. He will be in a boot for three weeks and then be re-evaluated. It is the same ankle that he broke in Game 4 of the B’s series against the Lightning last May, but both the team and player said that this new injury is not related to the old one.
Not that that’s much consolation right now for the B’s, who’ll be without one of their key power-play men for as much as a month, if not more.
“Obviously it’s unfortunate to have to go through something like this again but I’ve said it before, it’s a tough part of our job,” Krug said Monday. “We’ll re-evaluate in a few weeks here. I’ll just have to go through the grind of working through another injury.”
The dynamic defenseman suffered a broken jaw in last season’s training camp, missed the playoffs in 2017 with a knee injury and had offseason shoulder surgery after the 2015-16 season.
“You work really hard throughout the summer to feel comfortable and put yourself in position to get back in the lineup. Obviously, it felt like I was just starting to work through timing issues and getting my gap back and things like that and then all of a sudden to have another setback is frustrating,” said Krug. “It’s unfortunate, very unlucky and kind of a freak thing but it’s part of it, but you have to work through it and try to have the right attitude.”
Krug said he got hit at the same time his skate got caught in a rut. He continued to play but couldn’t finish the period.
“I wasn’t in too much pain right away, probably with the adrenaline of the game. But as the period went on, I just wasn’t able to finish and got closer to the end and decided to go to the room and get some attention from the medical staff. They did their job and we started to realize something was wrong,” said Krug.
Despite a slow start last year, Krug had a career-high 59 points, which was fourth on the team, and 24 of those came on the power-play.