Krug sheds non-contact jersey, hasn't been ruled out for Avs

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BRIGHTON, Mass – True to his nature as a tough-as-nails hockey player, Torey Krug might be back earlier than expected from the fractured jaw he sustained in the preseason.

The 25-year-old defenseman returned to the practice ice with no limitations on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena after a good meeting with the medical staff and he hasn’t been ruled out from a return on Monday afternoon vs. the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Krug is still not eating solid foods and will have to wear the plastic protective guard at the bottom of his helmet for the foreseeable future, but he’s anxious to get back into the fold after watching Boston’s energetic, high-paced opening night win.

Krug didn’t take much contact Saturday but he expected that’s going to come in a practice setting prior to him again suiting back up again.

“We’ll see how the weekend goes. It’s about getting the timing back and getting some courage in the corners to get hit again, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue once I’m back up to speed,” said Krug. “I feel pretty good right now. It’s tough sitting up in the stands even when your team is winning. You want to be a part of it. You want to help contribute.

“To see the excitement and the pace that we were playing with, and to see the young guys and you can’t forget about the older guys that looked good too, you just want to get back in and help the team contribute. This is the game that I’ve been trying to play since I came into the league, and it only took five years for our team to get on the same page. It’s exciting to be a part of something where everybody is aggressive and assertive.”

Clearly, the Bruins could use him after Krug posted a career-high 51 points last season, and has become one of the big weapons at the point position on a B’s power play that’s ranked seventh in the NHL in each of the last two seasons.

Krug was back at his customary spot on the left side with Adam McQuaid on Saturday, so it appears when he does return that he’ll be replacing Matt Grzelcyk with Paul Postma once again in the seventh defenseman role. 

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