BOSTON (CBS) – The Bruins stumbled out of the gate following the Olympic break, but now they’ve seemed to hit their stride after three straight convincing wins.

They’re down in Florida at the moment embarking on a three-game road trip, and before Friday’s practice defenseman Torey Krug called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak program for his weekly chat.

Leading up to the trade deadline you hear all sorts of trade rumors and scenarios.

One name that wasn’t thrown around (that we know of) was Mr. Krug, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a trying time for he and his teammates in the locker room.

Krug explained the mindset of a player with an approaching trade deadline.

“I don’t think people understand how tough it can be for us athletes. Being in the situation that we’re in, one day you’re in a city and comfortable with a group of guys that you’re very close with and then you have to pick up your family and move to a city where you don’t know anyone. That can be tough for people. It’s a tough day for everybody. You don’t want to see any of your friends go. Luckily for us we didn’t have anything like that. We have a really tight knit group of guys in that locker room. We didn’t want to see anything change.”

The Bruins acquired two depth players at the deadline and didn’t have to trade anybody off the current roster. One of those guys is Corey Potter, or “Pottsy” as Krug calls him.

Although they didn’t play together in college at Michigan State, Krug is familiar with his game and called the former Spartan “really solid,” adding, “he gets the job done.”

After giving up nine goals in their first two games from their time off, a real point of emphasis was improving defensively. Krug said they wouldn’t be satisfied until they got the shutout that came last night, even though it wasn’t a perfect game.

“Bruins Killer” Thomas Vanek used to light the B’s up as a member of the Islanders, and the Eastern Conference playoffs should be interesting now that he’s on rival Montreal.

Krug said simply, “We’re excited for the challenge” on facing the Habs Wednesday, March 12th.

Listen below for the full interview:

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