Bruin's defenseman Torey Krug is an integral piece of the best team in the league. He is fourth on the team in points, and third in assists while also remaining sharp on defense. But the four year, $5.25 Million AAV contract he signed in 2016 is almost at an end, leaving his future in Boston in question.
But there very clearly appears to be mutual interest between Krug and the organization on striking a new deal. The 28-year-old would be a top 10 free agent this summer, but both sides opened the idea of a possible extension in October. While they haven't negotiated since early March, Krug still hopes to remain a Bruin come next season.
"For me personally, I really hope I did not play my last game as a Boston Bruin," Krug said. "It's been a special place for me and my family to grow. My love for the game and playing in frot of these fans has been very special to me."Krug on a conference call with Bruins media members Tuesday, April 7
Thanks to COVID-19 the NHL's financial situation could be greatly impacted. If the cap was to decrease, or even just increase less than expected, the Bruins cap space would certainly take a hit from what they originally expected it to be. This could potentially have consequences when trying to resign an important player like Krug, which he himself recognizes.
"I can't put any assumptions on it, but I can only guess that things are going to look different from a salary cap prospective next season," Krug said. "Team structures as well are going to be affected by it, but I have no clarity about it. It's just the reality of the situation."Krug on the Bruins media conference call, talking about how next season could look financially
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has also spoken up on the subject of Krug's expiring contract. He was not the one who drafted him, but he still recognizes the talent that he brings to the table. And he does not want to be the one to let him go.
"I dearly hope Torey hasn't played his last game [with the Bruins] this year or going forward," Sweeney said. "We've had very good discussions with Torey's group, we just haven't found a landing spot yet. We're hopeful that we'll find a resolution."Sweeney said on a conference call according to Conor Ryan of the BSJ
If the league is to continue where it left off the Bruins would be in prime position to capture the Stanley Cup. Sweeney's top priority would be to resign Krug if the Bruins do end up on top, as he would be looking to run it back another year. Why try to fix what isn't broken? Why change anything about a squad that was first in the league by a margin of eight points?
Krug has been a huge part of the Bruins since joining the team full time in the 2014 season, after spending his first two seasons in Providence. His career-low in points since then is 39, and he was on pace for his fourth 50 point season in a row before the league was suspended.
He has multiple impressive franchise records, including being the first player to record four points in a Stanley Cup finals game, and having the most career points by an American born player in franchise history! Despite having never made an All-Star team, Krug could one day go down as one of the greatest Bruins of all time.