With the free agency period in October quickly approaching us unrestricted free agent Torey Krug has stated that there has been little to no contact about a new contract, as well as saying he is not looking to take a hometown discount by any means.
The 29 year old Defenseman has spent the past nine seasons in Boston where he has played in 523 games, recording 67 goals, and 270 assists for a total of 337 points.
With the Bruins also having to deal with new contracts this off-season for DeBrusk, Grzelcyk, Nordstrom, and Chara (if he doesn’t retire), Boston may not be able able to swing a long term contract with the price tag Krug wants leading him to walk.
Currently coming off a four year, $5.25 million per year contract, Krug could be looking towards a contract similar to Jacob Trouba’s at seven years, $8 million per year, or Jared Spurgeon’s at seven years, $7.5 million per year.
If Boston were to give Krug a contract like this it would cause serious complications down the line with Carlo, Kuraly, Kase, Krejci, and Rask all having expiring contracts this coming year, along with Bergeron, and McAvoy’s contracts expiring the following year.
Who knows maybe the Bruins can find a way to keep the offensive Defenseman happy, and retain several of their key pieces to what has been an impressive past few seasons for Boston.
However if the Bruins can not keep Krug, where might he go?
One would assume he would want to go to another contender, or a team on the up and coming with some young talent that still has the cap space to sign him to the long term contract at his price tag.
Colorado Avalanche come to mind as they were favored by many this year to win the Stanley Cup before falling to Dallas in the Second Round, yet still have just over $22.3 million in cap space left for this off-season to spend.
A bolder guess would be a team like New Jersey with some younger talented Forwards and a decent Defense that could use that one more top four, maybe even starting Defenseman to push them over the edge as the Devils have just over $26.2 million in cap space.
Whether Torey Krug stays in Boston, or lands a deal with a new team, he will absolutely provide a boost on the power play, and offensive ability to his team.
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