Torey Krug might have been the Conn Smyth winner had the Bruins won the Stanley Cup a couple of months ago.

Okay, it was probably going to be Tuukka Rask no matter what happened in Game 7 had the Bruins come out victorious against the St. Louis Blues. But Krug had a monster postseason with two goals and 18 points in 24 playoff games, finished with a plus-4 rating and averaged 22:21 of ice time during Boston’s run all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

A lot of it was about the 28-year-old Krug staying healthy during the postseason for the first time in five years, and holding his own in the defensive zone when push came to shove against bigger, stronger players. Krug doesn’t always win those battles during the regular season while playing a top-4 role for the Black and Gold, but he stepped up in the postseason to be arguably Boston’s best defensemen among a talented group.

Coming off three straight 50 plus point regular seasons as well, Krug is at the top of his NHL game and in the prime of his career.

So why are there so many whispers about trades when it comes to Krug and a Bruins team that’s bumping up at the top of the salary cap?