Morning Free Association: Get Ready for the Move

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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.

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”.

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.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh, guess what my friends’ are selling? Their white, Econoline van!! $500 bucks gets you the van! (The breaks don’t work but that’s a minor detail.)

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Oooohh…. the Rangers got “future considerations”
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Did they get a commemorative gift bag with that?

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Very bold gamble of them to assume there IS a future the way things are going!
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

The Anonymous Prophet of Doom!

Satan 81's Sister
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“Thank you for your recent trade. Please enjoy this Edible Arrangement. Warm regards, The Detroit Redwings.”

Stripes
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Bag of pucks and a thirty pack.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Beautiful evening outside on Saturday. And it was the first time friends and I were all able to hang out together since the Before Time so a much needed evening for sure. (Though I think Chris was probably moving a bit slow Sunday. She was definitely enjoying the beer! lol )

The London Bear
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Hi folks,

Would Krug go to Detroit? Do they have any chance of competing in the near future? Surely success is more important than money to these guys. And as for the hometown angle – is it really that important? I’m in no rush to go back to Worcester!

Stripes
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Stripes

Ottawa to Ryan….see ya! Would be be a good choice for the Bruins??

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He’d surely displace DeBrusk on the lineup. Doing the apples to apples – he’s bigger than DeBrusk, throws his body around more, and always seems to show up to play. He missed a lot of games this year but has been in the vicinity of 40 points/yr – which is about the same. Possession metrics jump from season to season. Goes to the sin bin more often but not a crazy amount. He missed time because he was in rehab for alcoholism, so one must believe he’s truly past that to bring him onboard.
So I’d say he’s a slight improvement in the short term due to his physical play – which the Bruins need help in – but at 32, he’s not got much upside remaining whereas Jake is 23, so could still break out like Marchand did. It seems like a plausible but risky gamble for chemistry and leveraging the Bergy-Krecji-Marchand window.

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It’s interesting to see the difference between one’s eyetest/memory of a player and then to do a pure stat sheet read. I expected Ryan’s stats to be more impressive than they were, even considering that he was playing with the tootsie rolls.

Stripes
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Stripes

I thought his state would be better, too

Stripes
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Stripes

Hey All!
Awww, not Detroit… Tory deserves better… unless Detroit would make him happy.
A working weekend in Monrovia…. pretty nice. Steaming toward the foreclosure sale of this property in CT Saturday. Wondering what our fate will be. Hopefully the new owners want to keep us awhile.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Wondering what our fate will be. Hopefully the new owners want to keep us awhile.

Fingers crossed for you both, mate.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Lets us know if we need to put in a good word for ya!

Stripes
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Stripes

Many good words will be needed

IntentionallyWidenberg
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– crosses fingers –