Facing a flat salary cap and ‘risky’ playoff return, Torey Krug accepts that he’ll ‘have to prepare for free agency’

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Torey Krug already has plenty on his plate these days.

Along with the usual duties that come with the territory as father to a one-year-old daughter, the 29-year-old blueliner has been a regular at Warrior Ice Arena far before Monday’s full-squad workout — with the B’s power-play quarterback focused on shaking off the rust ahead of what will be the most frantic and unpredictable end to an NHL campaign since … well, maybe ever. 

Krug, who has been on the ice to witness Lord Stanley’s Cup handed off to an opposing club twice in his nine seasons with Boston, stands as one of the primary cogs driving a motivated Bruins bunch that is relishing the chance to rewrite last spring’s crushing conclusion against the Blues.  And while the focus for Krug at the moment remains on the task at hand with Boston, it remains to be seen just how many games the skilled defensemen has left in a black and gold sweater.

A pending unrestricted free agent once this “Return To Play” plan is concluded, Krug has not left much to the imagination when it comes to expressing his desire to remain in Boston — even taking a hometown discount if necessary. 

He reiterated his stance shortly after the NHL’s pause in March, even if the Michigan native is still in line to receive a nice pay bump from the $5.25 million annual cap hit he commands on his current deal. 

But amid the hope of an amicable agreement between Krug and the only NHL club he’s ever played for, Friday’s news of a CBA extension only served to muddle what is already a murky future for Krug in Boston.