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Bruins’ Krug: ‘I’ve never been a player USA hockey liked all that much’

Jan 2, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

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The reaction continues to filter in from those supposedly in the running to make the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team.

Boston Bruins’ defenseman Torey Krug one of the latest to voice his disappointment at being kept off the squad.

The 22-year-old undrafted Krug, you’ll recall, had played three NHL games prior to last spring but then burst onto the scene in a big way during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

His name would be entered into the record books, becoming the first ever NHL defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games.

Despite being perhaps a bit undersized – he’s listed at five-foot-nine-inches tall and 181 pounds – Krug can not only skate but has shown an offensive upside for the Bruins. His eight goals coming into Thursday’s game against Nashville were only two fewer than Erik Karlsson‘s 10, which lead all NHL blue liners.

“They can say all they want, but I never really had a sniff. I’m a younger guy, and coming into the league at my age gives you more opportunities to put yourself in a position to be considered for an Olympic team,” Krug said Thursday, as per CSNNE.com.

“But I’ve never been a player that USA hockey has liked all that much, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a size thing? I don’t know. I’m just worried about things that are going on with the Bruins.

“If down the road I’m considered for such a thing it would be pretty special, and pretty cool. I’ll just keep working hard, and if they do send the call my way then that would be cool.”

Of course, there was even great controversy to come from the U.S. hockey announcement at the conclusion of Wednesday’s Winter Classic.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle wasn’t named to the team, despite 27 points in 39 games this season. He called the decision, “…a tough pill to swallow.”

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was also left off the team, ripped by Brian Burke and left to respond by calling his former general manager “gutless.”

  1. storminator16 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Krug? Eyebrow raised. Don’t get all Lindsey Lohan on us, bro.

  2. nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Does Krug really think he’s a top 8 US defenseman? He should know better than this.

    • thomasvanek - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Didn’t you hear? it only takes around 50 games of NHL experience to be an Olympian. Who cares if people try their entire careers? These rookies are too impatient.

      • killerpgh - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        This just in: Penguins back up goalie Jeff Zatkoff can’t understand why he didn’t make the team either. In 8 career NHL starts he has 7 wins.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        So Russia should have left Ovechkin off their 2006 team since he only had 50 games experience in the NHL right?

      • timmmah10 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Did you just compare Torrey Krug to Ovi?

        Really?

      • joey4id - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        I think he’s comparing Krug to Orr…….

      • thomasvanek - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        @greatmiamisportsmind
        -Ovechkin was 1st overall in the draft. Krug was undrafted.
        -Ovechkin had plenty of international ice experience. From Krug’s wiki page it seems as if he has none or very little.
        -Ovechkin was one of the best players in the world. Krug isn’t even the best D-man on his team (scoring wise yes but Team USA doesn’t want one dimensional players)
        -Ovechkin was +2 on a very bad team. Krug is +2 on a stacked team.
        Need I say more?

      • thomasvanek - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        @greatmiamisportsmind oops I meant +1 for Krug

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        I by no means tried to compare the two. It was meant as a snarky reply to thomasvanek who said Didn’t you hear? it only takes around 50 games of NHL experience to be an Olympian. Who cares if people try their entire careers? These rookies are too impatient.

        Ovi was on Russia’s Olympic team as a rookie with about 50 games played his rookie year.

        That’s all nothing more, nothing less

    • kcbruinsfan - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Did any of you actually read what he said? He basically said that no matter what was stated publicly he never really had a sniff from the selection committee. Are any of you arguing that he was a serious candidate, and if not why so hostile to him making a statement you generally agree with?

      On the statement regarding USA Hockey not being interested in him as a player, guess what – UA Hockey didn’t start building national teams for this olympics. There are multiple national teams at multiple levels that have not shown an interst in him as a player. Simple statement of fact.

      He was asked a question by a reporter and gave an honest answer. Don’t see any sour grapes here, except by those that want to bash him for giving an answer that they basically agree with.

  3. 950003cups - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    You mean in all his 3 months of hockey, they never once had a spot for him? This guy is already showing what a tool he is.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      He’s amazing then for only having played hockey for 3 months.

      • dolphincult - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        enter bloflow33 idiot joke here

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        boooooo

  4. bencia823 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Torey Krug could save Ray Shero and David Poile from a grizzly bear attack and he would still be unworthy of a spot on this roster

  5. ryanprzy - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I hate hearing all of this backlash about snubs on the U.S. team.

    To Krug: Nobody said that the U.S. team doesn’t like you. There are about 3 dozen players good enough to play on the club, and you’re one of them, but there are only a little more than 2 dozen roster spots available.

    To Ryan: You’re one of the best scorers in the league and more times than not you’d make this squad, but it just so happens that the powers that be deem it neccessary to have a skill set that stretches beyond just scoring. That, and the bigger ice carves into your game a little bit.

    To Yandle: Your offensive game is terrific, and you’re probably looking at the roster and going, “ORPIK!?!? FAULK?!?!” And you’re right in a lot of ways, but at the end of the day, you gotta be better on the defensive end, I guess.

    We can second-guess the final roster all we want but this U.S. team that was assembled looks very balanced and has enough talent to bring home the Gold. We’ll see.

    • 19to77 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Ryan’s got a fair gripe if you read his comments in the context of responding to Brian Burke’s unprovoked douchebag remarks. Poile and co. took care to state their reasons for the players they didn’t take and did so respectfully. Burke just went looking for a microphone to bleat insults for what strongly appears to be his inability to resist being a jackass. Burke mouthed him off for nothing and Ryan shot back. Is that unjustified?

      • joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        It was payback for things that happened when they were both with the Ducks,

    • 19to77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      “Payback.” Right. Classy. Pretty embarassing for a 58-year old man to be pulling schoolyard antics.

    • storminator16 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Have you ever seen Justin Faulk play? Not Justin “Falk”, but Justin “Faulk”. The selection committee have him highly regarded as a reason.

  6. hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Sorry Krug, you weren’t even on the outside of the discussion and more than likely weren’t on the long list. Was your first hint that you weren’t one of the 18 defensemen invited to the camp?

  7. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    careful krug…

    the women have their claws out tonight

    i see nothing wrong with krug’s remarks…when did wishing and hoping and dreaming become a crime for anyone, let alone hockey players who dream…dreams of the big chance…dreams of the big goal…dreams of silver and maybe gold

    i sense a lot of hurt and disappointment from these kids…all hoping to be something of consequence to hockey and their country in that service…what a crime

    clearly worthy of scorn from swivel chair keyboard heroes without the grapes to play or to dream themselves

    fuxsake, dry up

    • titansbro - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      wow, great comment. i think people just read the headline & not his full comment. if you read all of it you probably wouldn’t really have a problem with what he said.

  8. hockeyflow33 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    People seem to have missed that he was sought out for his opinion on not making the Olympic team. What would you expect him to say?

    USA Hockey also has development teams at all ages so it sounds as if they’ve never approached him for any tea,. which does seem odd.

  9. ironmd778 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Krug is one of those guys who brings something every team needs. The U.S. team could have used him.

  10. dolphincult - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    doesn’t matter what team you ice. If you face either Canada,Swedes or the Russians in an elimination game you will lose

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Dude, STFU! This is the second most complete team IN THE WORLD!!! Canada’s is better, no doubt. But, anything can happen in one-off games. Canada’s talent is exceeded only by its own arrogance. USA can beat them. Facing the Sedin sisters, along with a slumping Lundqvist is not very frightening. Russia’s defense and goaltending are average at best. Pfffff…pls!

  11. benrob99 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    I’m a Pens fan and I’m saying Orpik has no business being on the squad. That being said if you take Brooks off, there are about 6 D-men I’d add before I even THOUGHT about Krug.

  12. pastabelly - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Krug may not be a top eight defenseman in the US, but he may be one of the best at the point on the power play. He is a freaking weapon there and must be respected. That opens up the ice for everyone else. The Bruins had one of the worst power plays in the NHL until Krug came along. Now they have one of the best. The Olympic sheet of ice is larger as well and that also plays to Krug’s game. If he were to make the team, it would be as a specialist. I also believe Ryan and Yandle should be on the team. In what planet is Blake Wheeler better than Ryan? Anyone? The Bishop snub is also a head scratcher. It’s fair to question a process that yields some very weird results.

  13. sclairebear - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Bishop is playing well now, but he was pulled for playing poorly last year in the World Junior Championships, so I can understand why the GM’s wanted to pass on him for now. I do not understand Yandle’s or Ryan’s snubs, though. It sounds like Burke has a vendetta against both of them.

  14. whammy71 - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Krug must not be following some sort of unwritten code that hockey players follow.

    Next thing you know…he’ll be in practice…when someone will sneak up from behind, slew foot him, give him a flying elbow followed by 2 punches to the face.

    Maybe that will set him straight!

    • naterealgood - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Still crying huh?

  15. bruins4ever - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    If you listen to how Krug answered the question, it sounds to me he didn’t think he would be considered because USA hockey has not invited him to anything in previous years. I don’t believe he was thinking he would be named to this team.

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