Since the start of the 2019-20 season, and even right after the Boston Bruins failed to win the Stanley Cup last spring, fans were quick to wonder if defenseman Torey Krug would land on the trade block.
The beloved blue liner, who is in the final year of a four-year contract that carried a $5.2 million cap hit, is set to hit free agency this summer and his name has been mentioned more than once in rumours this season.
However, Boston Hockey Now reports that the Bruins have made their final decision on what will happen to Krug ahead of the trade deadline. And it seems like it’d take a huge return to move Krug out of Bean Town.
An NHL source has confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that Bruins have let defenseman Krug know that they do not intend to trade or ask him to waive his modified no-trade clause before Feb. 24.
“Let’s put it this way, they’re all in to get back to the Final and win the Cup and Don [Sweeney] has told anyone that has inquired that for the Bruins to do that, they need Krug on their roster,” the source said. “Unless it’s the Oilers trading [Connor] McDavid or [Leon] Draisaitl to them, the Bruins won’t be moving Krug before the deadline.”
This should please fans and Krug himself, who more than once explained how he would prefer to remain in Boston and finish his career as a Bruin. He even said he was willing to take a hometown discount to stay with the Bruins on a long-term deal past this season.
This might be the first step towards a new contract for the blue liner. And it sure sounds promising for the Bruins’ crew and its fanbase. Unless Krug changes his mind and tests the free agency, meaning the Bruins would love him for nothing...