While we’re waiting for word on Krugwatch, lets turn our attention to a couple of other stories, one involving the Bruins and one not.
Apparently, the Bruins have shown interest in obtaining the services of Arizona Coyotes defenseman and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson. It’s not surprising that OEL is garnering interest from Boston as he’s a highly regarded left shot defensemen. It’s also not surprising that the Coyotes are looking to offload his contract: he’s signed for 7 more seasons at $8.25 million per and the Yotes are seriously cap-impaired with a measly $1 million left with players to sign. Since the B’s could be letting Krug walk and have yet to re-sign an aging Zdeno Chara, the B’s could technically take on that deal if they make some other moves.
Bruins are involved in the preliminary stages of an eventual Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade. pic.twitter.com/ldb11lNcij
— Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) September 29, 2020
Is he worth it? Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal has looked at his fancy stats and seems to think that he isn’t, mostly because he and Krug have similar metrics in most areas and basically even out but Krug would be a cheaper option in a system in which he is already known.
Shared my thoughts on a potential Bruins deal for Oliver Ekman-Larsson here.
Very good player, but that’s an awful lot of money to take on for a 29-year defenseman signed through 2027 and doesn’t really move the needle that much during 5v5 play. https://t.co/L1mBrGucac
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) September 29, 2020
5v5 total points per 60 minutes: Ekman-Larsson (1.1) >>> Krug (1.03)
5v5 shots per 60 minutes: Krug (5.71) >>> Ekman-Larsson (5.3)
5v5 individual shot attempts per 60 minutes: Krug (11.99) >>> Ekman-Larsson (11.07)
5v5 individual scoring chances per 60 minutes: Krug (3.2) >>> Ekman-Larsson (3.1)
5v5 individual scoring chances per 60 minutes: Ekman-Larsson (0.58) >>> Krug (0.45)
5v5 rebounds created per 60 minutes: Ekman-Larsson (0.68) >>> Krug (0.13)
Even strength takeaways per 60 minutes: Krug (1.26) >>> Ekman-Larsson (0.7)
Even strength hits per 60 minutes: Ekman-Larsson (5.74) >>> Krug (2.04)
It becomes a different situation if the Yotes agree to retain some salary, which would be a hard sell for a team that is still trying to re-sign Taylor Hall.
On to the Rags. It’s an end of an era: the New York Rangers are going to buy out longtime goalie Henrik Lundqvist today after 15 years. This was all but given since he had already lost the starting job to his two younger backups during the season and at age 38, he’s starting to show his age. I just can’t imagine not seeing that lovely man in a Rangers uniform anymore, or even in the league anymore because that’s a very real possibility. Elliotte Friedman seems to think that he’ll find a place to sign a one-year deal for a good price for him.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 30, 2020
With this move, the Rags only save about $3 million on the cap and have A LOT of dead cap next season.
Shattenkirk buyout $6.08 million
Lundqvist buyout $5.5 million
Girardi buyout $1.11 million
Spooner buyout $300k
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 29, 2020
Still, it’s sad to see. I’m sure he’ll make up that $3 million somewhere.