NHL Notebook: With Torey Krug’s departure, the largest void might be felt in dressing room, rather than on ice

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It’s easy to see why so many players tend to gravitate to Torey Krug. On the ice, he’s a lethal weapon on a power play that has consistently logged 20+ minutes a night for the last several years. But off the ice, Krug's value as a leader -- in a dressing room getting younger and younger with each passing season -- can't be understated.

While the old guard such as Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask and others still hold a significant amount of sway in the B's room, a 29-year-old veteran like Krug was well-regarded by many as a key bridge between the roster's veteran core and its growing cast of younger talent. Earlier this season, I spoke to a couple of the Bruins' next wave about the role Krug plays on this team, especially off the ice.

The responses certainly paint the picture of a player that — regardless of on-ice production — served a vital role in Boston's room, and will certainly be missed.

Charlie McAvoy: "He's kind of the bridge. You have guys like Zee and Bergy, who have been around, have done it all and are without a doubt, some of the some of the best people and players and leaders that I'd say, of all time. They are really truly incredible, and both of them are Hall of Fame players in my book. And then you kind of have that bridge there.

"I don't want to look at it as like tiers, but I guess like a different group would be like Torey kinda right underneath — who is very much a leader on this team in every way. But he also relates to the young guys extremely well, like myself, and he was one of the guys right away who I became very close with on the team. And he's great. Like he's just such a great guy, at the rink every single day, he's always making you laugh and always working hard. He just brings a lightness to the rink, so he's awesome and he does so much for our team and then he's obviously an incredible player."