WILMINGTON -- Torey Krug curled up in front of his television Monday night and found out exactly what one of his bosses thinks of him.
Krug watched the premiere of 'Behind The B' on NESN, the show that promises a behind-the-scenes view of the Bruins. In an early segment, the Boston management group discusses letting veteran defenseman Andrew Ference go. Everyone lauds Ference for his leadership, but admits he'll have to go because of the lower salary cap and need to make room for younger defensemen.
Krug is one of those younger defenseman and it was noted he could replace Ference in some ways.
"Krug might be that next warrior for us," director of player personnel Scott Bradley said.
Krug liked hearing that.
"Yeah, that's something that definitely hits home for me," he said Tuesday after an informal practice at Ristuccia Arena. "Growing up, character was always something my dad always preached and Andrew Ference was a guy that was a perfect role model for me. To hear words like that come out of their mouth is definitely something that I'm trying to do and bring to the table. That's obviously something you can keep working on."
The 22-year-old playoff hero enjoyed the show, getting a taste of what happens above him that he's not privy to.
"Couldn't believe it," Krug said. "I was on the edge of my seat and for the fans out there, it's an inside look and definitely something they should take advantage of. We don't even get to see that stuff, so it's definitely a lot of fun and I can't wait to watch the next episode."
Wondering what your boss(es) really think of you is something every employee does. It's no different for hockey players, a profession that's very lucrative but also volatile.
"You're always wondering in the back of your head what they're thinking," Krug said. "You're trying to impress them and earn your spot in the lineup and helping the team win. That's all you're thinking about as a player. So to hear what actually goes on behind the scenes and to hear what they say, it makes you realize there's a lot more that goes into it. It makes you realize it's a business. It's impressive.
"Obviously they make a lot of decisions and you see the way Mr. (Peter) Chiarelli handles it, the leadership from him is impressive as well. It was impressive and I'm looking forward to seeing more."
There will be 12 more episodes of "Behind The B" on NESN this year.