Morning Free Association: Krug Contract Consternation

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As we all know, this is the last year of Torey Krug’s current contract and he and Don Sweeney are in contract negotiations. Without an extension, Krug, 28, would be free to hit the free agent market on July 1st. Krug’s current cap hit is $5.25 million and he will be due a pay raise. But how much?

On Monday, Nashville announced that they had extended their captain Roman Josi, a mobile, puck moving defenseman to a deal with max term with an AAV of $9.059 million. In an ultra-rare case, Preds GM David Poile offered a full NMC for the term of the contract. This contract will start next season when Josi will be 30.

It remains to be seen if this contract will complicate Krug’s contract talks.

Torey Krug is also a mobile, puck moving defenseman. The two have similar stats for the amount of time on ice they average: Josi averages 58.5 points per season and 25:21 of TOI, Krug has 49.2 points and 20:54 TOI. Realistically, Krug can expect to make less than Josi but not too much less.

A year younger than Josi, and like Josi, fully established in the only city in which he’s played in the NHL, Krug would like to stay. In the past months, he’s said that he would take a “discount” to stay here.

“I love the situation I’m in,” Krug told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. “I’m pretty sure my teammates would love me to come back. My coach [Bruce Cassidy] I know for a fact loves the way I play. This last playoffs was big for me and my development and my growth. I feel like I’m just hitting my prime.

“Would I take less to stay in Boston? It’s something that I’ve talked about with my family and my agent. It’s something I’m interested in,” Krug told Kaplan. “How much less — that’s a question that will be answered at a certain time. I think something that’s fair will be able to be worked out both ways. As long as they want me, I think something could be done, realistically. Everyone does it. How much they do it, is kind of their own opinion and [dependent] on their own circumstances.”

That was from September. Recently on the Greg Hill Show he elaborated more on why he wants to stay.

“Well the idea behind it is you know realistically just living a happy life,” he said. “This is a great city where, you know I’ve mentioned before, championships are expected on a yearly basis and we expect it of ourselves.

“And ultimately winning makes a lot of people happy, so when we have the group that we have and you understand how things work here, the camaraderie, brotherhood if you will, these are some of our closest friends that we’ve grown up together and you want to be part of it for a very long time.

“And then you couple that with how happy your family is, you want your kid to grow up in this wonderful city as well, you just pair all those things together and that’s where the thought process comes from.”

So, Torey wants to stay and who could blame him. Matt Kalman seems to think that the range is $7-8 million. I think $7 million would be the “discount” and that it all comes down to term. Would Krug want the full-term? Would Sweeney sign a smaller defenseman to an 8-year deal, at the end of which he would be 37? Only time will tell on that.

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I’m hoping Krug will extend for $6 mil or less. I love him, but he’s not Josi. And Josi is not worth what he just received….. I mean, it it was me, I’m taking it, but wow… It’s a lot of shekels, no?

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Stripes

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Great movie!!

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Watched a good film this morning – Eight Men Out. Quite old. About the 1919 World Series.

Pretty audacious to try to fix that – surely they could have fixed a lower-profile event and it wouldn’t have got so much attention!

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Eight Men Out is great. Katie Nolan’s Drunk History telling of it is fun:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdBUZKhNhdQ

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Oh I love Drunk History but it doesn’t seem to be available on any streaming services over here.

Didn’t realise they were on YouTube! And it’s not geoblocked! Yay!

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From what I’ve read about the scandal it was kind of the end result of a bunch of fixing that was going on. Which is why a commissioner was finally instituted to clean up that stuff. And this was all pre-union and free agency so easy to see how players would get in with gamblers to make a bit of extra money.

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Great movie!!

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Any team paying a player more than $8M is dumb. I like Josi, but the salary cap is merciless. “But player X got eleventy-bajillion quatloos!” does not change that.
In the NFL, you can do some of this because there is so much money out there and 2x the roster size to spread it around. Not so for hockey.

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Yh, good as Josi is, giving a contract like that to a 30yo seems a bit of a gamble!

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Hey All!
Somber day. A worker at Jo’s shop ended it all last night. She hadn’t been to work this week, had a tough life, and couldn’t take it anymore. No one saw it coming, somehow. Don’t ever do this to your friends and family( if you have any ). Not sure what her pain was. It’s very sad. Depression is real. Gotta help our peeps when they’re down.

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Oh man, that’s awful. Give Jo hugs for me.

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Oh no, that’s terrible.

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Oh my god, that’s horrible. Best wishes for Jo.

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Morning all, This seem a bit optimistic that something will happen:

If he does sign a contract extension I’m definitely very curious about the numbers. Will the trend continue of players signing “I want to play here” contracts versus “Pay me a lot of money to play here” contracts?

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Will the trend continue of players signing “I want to play here” contracts versus “Pay me a lot of money to play here” contracts?

There’s so many of those now it might work in Boston’s favour. Players see 63, 88 and 37 on less than 7mil and they probably aren’t going to expect much more than that. Might push their luck if they’re not that bothered about staying but most seem to love the atmosphere at the moment.

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It’s going to be really hard to justify sign anyone for significantly north of $7M, though the last year of McAvoy’s latest contract is $7.3M

I’m hoping that Krug will be happy in that space – especially since there is likely not a lot of room beyond that. I need to respin the numbers to remember what the landscape looks like – haven’t thought about them for a while.