It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Torey Krug will be playing his hockey elsewhere next season, with rumors continuing to circulate that the Bruins may be exploring trading his rights in the coming days.
However, a report this morning illustrated that the Bruins didn’t quite just walk away from Krug, though they didn’t exactly make a super strong offer either.
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
In all likelihood, Servalli isn’t going to just toss a number out there out of nowhere.
If this was indeed the Bruins’ last offer to Krug, it would have been a $39 million deal that would have taken Krug through the age of 35.
It would have represented an increase in the range of a million dollars over his current AAV of $5.25 million, which isn’t much.
Per CapFriendly, an AAV of $6.5 million would have put Krug in the neighborhood of guys like Keith Yandle ($6.35 million), Justin Faulk ($6.5 million), and Ivan Provorov/Mark Giordano ($6.75 million).
Overall, it was extremely unlikely that Krug was ever going to sign this contract with the Bruins. In a way, it’s a little surprising the Bruins even made an offer that high, even though it was unlikely Krug would ever take it.
While it would have been a raise for Krug, it’s highly likely that he’ll command a higher number on the open market.
He’s already said he’s not interested in taking a hometown discount, so...yeah. No dice.
The bet here is that Krug’s rights are traded by the end of the week.
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