By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins remain in talks with pending unrestricted free agent Torey Krug, with their latest offer coming in at $6.5 million per year for the next six years, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
That would add up to $39 million over the next six years, and a modest $1.25 million per year raise from Krug’s current salary. But based on the current chatter, with the Bruins exploring the idea of trading Krug’s negotiating rights according to both Seravalli and Rear Admiral from Barstool Sports, Krug’s camp is not interested in such a deal.
That $6.5 million per year cap hit may be close to the B’s ceiling for Krug, too, with just under $14.5 million in available cap space this summer, and with the Bruins needing to come to terms with restricted free agents Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk.
Getting Krug in at that price would leave the Bruins with under $8 million in available space, and while that may be enough to re-up their RFAs (and sign Zdeno Chara to another low-money deal), it would seriously restrict the B’s ability to bolster their forward group, which once again feels like a need after another postseason run with extremely limited secondary scoring.
Speaking with reporters earlier this month, Krug essentially said ‘it is what it is’ when it came to his talks with the Bruins, while Bruins general manager Don Sweeney opted not to give any actual updates on Krug’s contract talks.
The 29-year-old Krug has been the league’s sixth-highest scoring defender since the start of the 2016 season, with 212 points in 282 games, is slated to hit the open market as the league’s second-most sought after defenseman behind Alex Pietrangelo.