Bruins’ Warsofsky taking Krug’s spot

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Boston Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky is the benefactor of restricted free agent Torey Krug not being at training camp.

Warsofsky skated along side Kevan Miller at the Bruins’ first day of on-ice activities Friday.

According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins and Krug remain $750,000 apart on a one-year deal.

As a result, Warsofsky, 24,  finds himself where Krug would otherwise be on the team’s defensive depth chart.

“Getting a couple of games last year and kind of proving myself at this level definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into this camp,” said Warsofsky. “Something is going to happen with the defensemen, but nobody really knows right now. Until that time I’m focusing on myself, and controlling what I can control.

Originally a fourth-round selection of the St. Louis Blues (95th overall in 2008), Warsofsky had six goals and 32 points in 56 games for the Providence Bruins last season and added a goal and an assist in six games with Boston.

“Obviously the situation with Torey will get resolved at one point or another,” he said. “We’re the same type of players, but right now I’m just focused on myself and the situation will take care of itself. Like everyone, I’m on social media and see things, but the more I can not pay attention to it (the better). I just need to go out and practice the way I know I can play, and prove myself in the games.”

Should Krug come to terms, it’s hard to see Warsofsky sticking with the big club, but he’s optimistic.

“Hopefully it’s here in Boston. I love the city and I’m obviously from here,” he said of an NHL opportunity. “I want my [NHL] opportunity to be in Boston, but wherever the course takes me. That’s the business, and I’d have to deal with it.”

Warsofsky will likely find himself victim of the numbers game once the dust settles in Boston.

Related: Bruins GM on Krug, Smith: “They’re not going anywhere”

Bruins GM on Krug, Smith: ‘They’re not going anywhere’

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The Boston Bruins met with fans and media on Thursday, which meant that some of their gnawing, lingering questions came up.

For one thing, what’s going on with still-unsigned restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith? GM Peter Chiarelli admitted that he isn’t thrilled about their in-limbo statuses, yet he showed some optimism overall, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports:

There are pretty rampant (and fairly reasonable) rumors that the Bruins might trade Johnny Boychuk to make space for the likes of Krug and Smith. Chiarelli didn’t exactly make any promises, merely saying “don’t believe everything you read.”

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs had nothing but high praise for the way Chiarelli has managed the team, cap challenges or not. The Boston Herald’s Matt Kalman passes along a few key quotes:

However people feel about the situation, something has to give. It just might take some time to see how things might work out. Here’s one glance at how the roster might shake out, for instance:

Interesting, if not fabulous.

PHT Morning Skate: Neely hopes RFAs Krug, Smith realize Bruins’ situation

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bruins president Cam Neely hopes that restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith “realize what the situation that we’re in.” He added that there’s not a whole lot Boston can do in the negotiations given its cap situation. (The Bruins Blog)

Meanwhile, Simon Gagne and Ville Leino should get fair shots at making the Boston Bruins’ roster after being invited to the team’s training camp. (CSN New England)

The Nashville Predators were the league’s best team on the draw last season, but they didn’t make the most of their faceoff wins. (The Score)

Cory Schneider is “excited and proud” to get the opportunity to follow in Martin Brodeur’s footsteps as the New Jersey Devils’ starting goaltender. (The Bergen Record)

David Pelletier, who is an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater, has joined the Edmonton Oilers as a skating coach. (Edmonton Journal)

Steve Sullivan’s up-and-down playing career has provided him with plenty of experiences to lean back on as he begins his time as the Arizona Coyotes’ development coach. (Arizona Republic)

Bruins invite Leino to camp, sign Eminger to AHL deal

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From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

Leino, of course, was bought out by the Sabres this summer after a disastrous stint in Buffalo. At Bruins camp, he’ll join another veteran on a tryout, Simon Gagne.

Eminger, meanwhile, provides organizational depth. The 30-year-old has played almost 500 NHL games, shoots right, and, well, don’t forget about all those Johnny Boychuk trade rumors.

Report: Bruins sign Krejci to six-year, $43.5M extension

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If a report from Czech website Hokej.cz is correct, David Krejci will carry the biggest salary cap hit of any Boston Bruins player during the 2015-16 season. WEEI’s DJ Bean reports that it’s a six-year, $43.5 million deal with Krejci’s management providing similar information to Hokej.cz.

TSN’s Aaron Ward has some additional potential details regarding the extension:

In the event that this is true – CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out that neither Krejci nor the Bruins have confirmed it, but also notes that it’s a reasonable possibility – Krejci’s $7.17-$7.25 million cap hit would slightly edge that of Tuukka Rask ($7 million), Zdeno Chara ($6.917 million) and Patrice Bergeron ($6.5 million).

One way or another, the cost won’t be seen right away; the 28-year-old’s current contract carries a $5.25 million cap hit in 2014-15. According to Cap Geek’s numbers, the Bruins will have about $54 million in cap payroll committed to just 11 players in 2014-15, which would translate to about $15 million in cap space if the ceiling remains at $69 million (it probably will be quite a bit higher, but you never know).

However Krejci’s exact contract shakes out, this will also inevitably bring about references to Tyler Seguin’s trade and subsequent breakout year, whether that’s really fair to Krejci or not.

There are plenty of people who are more focused on Krejci making more than Bergeron, Chara and Rask, too.

However, if you merely look outside of comparisons heaped upon the talented center, it’s clear that he’s earned a hefty extension, even if you can quibble about the price. He’s generally been a strong two-way player and topped the playoffs in points in 2013 with 26 in 22 games and 23 points in 25 games during Boston’s championship run in 2011. (Naturally, his last postseason go-around didn’t go quite as well.)

The reality of the cap-era NHL is that plenty of useful players get disparaged because their output doesn’t match sometimes-lofty salaries. Krejci could face quite a burden in that area if these reports are correct, yet he’s done an awful lot for Boston in his career.