Despite Torey Krug‘s career year in 2017-18, the Bruins defenseman could find himself on the trading block this offseason.
Bruins writer Mick Colageo joined host Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins Beat podcast on CLNS Media Network and says he believes the team may have to move Krug to create the cap space necessary to get the type of D-Man the Bruins desire.
“If Krug doesn’t go, you’re paying a bottom-pairing defenseman $5 million,” said Colageo. “You’d have to trade Torey Krug to fix the defense.”
In 2016, Krug signed a four-year deal worth an average annual value of $5.25 million. The contract will pay him through the 2019-20 season.
Host Jimmy Murphy said if Krug is on the trade block there will be at least one interested suitor.
“There’s a team out there that values Krug very much,” said Murph. “They also have exactly what the Bruins might want.”
Outside of Krugn there are others on the Bruins roster with big salaries who the Bruins could choose to try and move.
“Maybe the cap-related move the Bruins make isn’t trading Krug,” said Murphy. “Maybe it’s David Krejci who frees up the money to get their top D-man.”
In September of 2014, Krejci signed a six-year contract extension worth $7.25 million annually. He’s signed through the 2020-21 season.
Colageo believes Krejci might not be the only player being looked at.
“It would be naive of us to not accept that the Bruins brass is mulling the future of both Krejci and Tuukka Rask,” said the Colageo.
Toward the end of the podcast, Colageo brought up another good point with regard to the center position.
“If Krejci comes back this season, you have to let Riley Nash walk.”