It seems like the Boston Bruins and Torey Krug are about to part ways.
Sure, we knew that there was a high probability of the Bruins letting Krug walk after 9 years. Don Sweeney and Krug himself have been broadcasting this all season long since it never seemed that either side was close to getting what they wanted, that neither party was willing to come to the table to continue talks. It all just seemed so sad. And it seemed that would happen with a whimper.
Not so fast.
It seems that today is the day that everything changes. Apparently the Bruins have made one final offer and they are set to trade his rights to a team that wants exclusive contract talks with the blueliner before free agency starts on October 9th. Four teams are reportedly interested: the Florida Panthers, the Colorado Avalanche, the Vegas Golden Knights, and Krug’s “hometown” Detroit Red Wings.
After last week’s trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Florida Panthers have opened up a slot at D but only gained about $1M in cap space.
Contact breakdown of the 3 players traded:
Hornqvist – 3 years remaining at $5.3M (UFA at expiry)
Sceviour – 1 year remaining at $1.2M (UFA)
Matheson – 6 years remaining at $4.875M (UFA) https://t.co/rKtf7J82qc
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 24, 2020
As we saw last week, the Panthers have very little money to sign now 11 contracts. So it’s unlikely that Krug will land there.
At one point, Colorado had oodles of cap space. Not so much anymore. Like Florida, they have a number of players to sign, including 6 RFAs. And they need a LD. However, with only $22,364,405 in cap space, I can’t see them signing Krug without making some sort of deal the other way.
Vegas has virtually no cap space at this point and a pretty full defensive roster. Would they like to add Krug? Who wouldn’t. But it will take some maneuvering to make that happen.
Finally, the Red Wings are an intriguing option. On the one hand, they have the most cap space of the 4 teams at nearly $28 million. But, they just traded for Marc Staal, a disappointing and diminishing player who was exchanged for the vague “future considerations”.
To Detroit #RedWings:
D Marc Staal
2021 2nd RD pick (NYR)
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 26, 2020
Maybe Steve Yzerman has something up his sleeve or he’s going to do something with that contract or trade someone else. Even without that, the Red Wings could probably afford Krug. What’s better than bringing in a hometown boy? I mean, ask the Bruins.
Certainly, there could be other teams that are interested. The New York Rangers have a need for a LD now and are reportedly aiming to buy out the last year on Henrik Lundqvist’s contract, which would save them $3 million on the cap right away. The Ottawa Senators have 9 roster players and $43+ million in cap space after buying out LW Bobby Ryan this weekend. I wouldn’t wish the Senators on anyone.