Torey Krug will be remaining a member of the Boston Bruins, at least for the time being.
While Torey Krug has yet to ink a new contract with the Boston Bruins; he will remain with the team beyond the usual date he’d be hitting unrestricted free agency.
This is all due to the currently suspended state of the NHL and the belief that upon it’s resumption all player contracts will slide to the date on which the 2019-20 post-season eventually ends.
What it really means it that the Boston Bruins simply have a little more time to work out a deal that works for both them and Torey Krug moving forward.
Given the current times we live in, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Krug seeks a contract loaded heavily with signing bonuses while also taking a significant home-town discount on his free market price.
There has been enough chaos and upheaval in the world at large, you’d have to imagine a player like Torey Krug that truly does seem to love playing for the Boston Bruins would seek to do everything he possibly can to remain with the same familiar teammates and staff.
Obviously, the longer any contract negotiation, whether it’s actively being pursued with the player or just discussed among the back office staff, the harder it gets. Krug would no doubt have preferred to have a deal signed a long time back, but it shall continue to wait.
With the mooted salary cap increase unlikely to now occur due to the revenue lost from the suspension of play, Krug has missed his window to cash in on the maximum amount that the Bruins were offering. It’s likely any new offer now factors a likely stationery cap into the equation.
As we’ve touched upon before, it’s going to be a challenge to get this one over the line without upsetting Torey Krug, but also in terms of getting a deal that represents good long-term value.
For now, he remains a Boston Bruins player and will do throughout the eventual Stanley Cup Playoffs. With any luck he makes it third time lucky in a Stanley Cup Final and any negotiation is done with photos of the Stanley Cup above his head sitting on his mantelpiece!