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.