Well, Monday came and went and there was no movement on Torey Krug’s situation. Whether that’s good news or Don Sweeney just taking time to weigh the best offer, we don’t know. What we do know now is that there definitely was a final offer to Krug’s camp.
The final offer from the Bruins was for 6 years and $6.5 million per, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Sounds like there has indeed been significant interest in teams trading for Torey Krug's rights (@RearAdBsBlog on the case). My belief is last offer from #NHLBruins to Krug's camp was 6 years x $6.5 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 28, 2020
Ty Anderson points out that the salary is a slight increase of $1.25 million from Krug’s current pay. Sweeney arrived at a cap number that the B’s can obviously afford while still signing others. And the term isn’t horrible; at the end of the contract Krug would be 35 years old.
So does Krug want more money or more term? That’s the big question. My guess is that he’d be fine with the term if the money were larger. Krug has stated in past interviews that he’s taken team friendly deals and left money on the table because he wanted to stay with the Bruins. He also stated that he didn’t want a short-deal term because he’s also done the bridge deal in the past. So, while he says things about being in the right situation, like Boston, it’s obvious that the issue must be the money aspect. A six-year deal will likely see him through the end of his career; being a smaller build, his body will wear down after all the hits and physicality. It’s just a fact of life. So, maybe $6.5 million per year might not be ideal, but he certainly wasn’t completely lowballed. I struggle to see a team right now that can afford him at more than that amount other than cellar-dwellers like Ottawa, Detroit, and New Jersey. Those are not the right situations at all.
So, we’re on Krugwatch for another day.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the Stanley Cup Champions for 2019-2020. We all know how I feel about that. What you may not know: I find solace in the Lightning winning now knowing that they will have to sell off significant parts of their team because they only have $5.3 million in cap space next season with 8 contracts they need to sign.