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Report: Bruins’ Krug receives KHL offer

Aug 12, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT

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Bruins restricted free agent defenseman Torey Krug is still without an NHL contract, but word out of Boston is he may have a new offer to ponder.

According to a report from’s Joe Haggerty, Krug has received an offer from a KHL team.

Haggerty points out Krug could’ve been in line for a similar three-year, $10 million deal, which Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat signed. However, with the Bruins already over the salary cap per CapGeek, Krug would have to leave money on the table to sign in Boston.

With an opportunity to build on his rookie season, which saw him appear on the Bruins’ power play, and establish himself as an NHL-regular, it’s hard to understand why Krug would seriously consider crossing the Atlantic. Following the 2014-15 season, Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski are all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.

Krug’s best bet would be to sign a one-year deal and seek a raise next summer where currently the Bruins have upwards of $20 million to play with.

The 23-year-old Livonia, Mich. native has 14 goals and 42 points in 82 career NHL games all with Boston. The un-drafted blue liner saw his three-year entry-level contract expire in July.

Krug burst on to the scene during the 2013 playoffs, after being recalled from Providence on an emergency basis. He appeared in 15 games for the Bruins scoring four goals and two assists after playing just three career regular season games.

If Krug decided to sign in the KHL,  he wouldn’t be the only RFA to bolt overseas this summer, Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka left in favor of the Russian league signing a deal with Avangard Omsk.

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  1. lowenni - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Yeah. Not gonna happen.

    • esracerx46 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Why? Because he’s not a Russian? He signed in Boston because of money…so why can’t he sign in Russia for the same reason?

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Because he’ll still be a restricted free agent when he comes back

  2. jpelle82 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    lol what?! hahahahaha…ok. thanks russia for making me laugh….again.

  3. wutangwild - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Can’t knock the hustle from the KHL, but no way he leaves…

  4. esracerx46 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I could see him signing there on a 1 year deal. I mean, if he’s gonna take a pay cut and sign 1 year in Boston why not? The kids 23 and hasn’t made a ton yet. Why cant the kid take care of number 1 first? Especially if Boston won’t or can’t do anything.

  5. 19to77 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I love random KHL offers. KHL GMs have gotten pretty regular at making pitches for promising NHLers now. Everyone knows it’s not gonna go anywhere. Hell, even the GM making the offer knows it isn’t getting signed. But their attitude seems like it’s basically “F–k it, let’s see what happens. Worst he can say is no, right?” Can’t blame ’em for trying I guess.

  6. esracerx46 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    While his deal could have been worth a maximum of 5.1 million over those 3 years, he most certainly did not make that much.

    His first year was 11/12, and played 2 games with the Bruins. Ineligible to play in the playoffs or be sent to the AHL after signing as a free agent. So that year was pro-rated.

    In 12/13, He played in Providence for all but 1 game before playing in the playoffs. Made 70k in the AHL, and who knows playing in the playoffs.

    This year he had a base of 925k, and if he hit all the bonuses up to 825 more for 1.7 million, roughly. So the kid hasn’t made 2 million dollars yet, but he supposed to take a pay cut to help the Bruins out?

    That 5.1 figure is deceiving.

  7. stepanup - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    His playoff series vs the Rangers two years ago still haunts me.

    • govtminion - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      The Rangers just had no answer for him in that series… he was incredible there.

  8. vancouversportsbro - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Say what? This must be a smoke screen, no way he leaves.

  9. nhstateline - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Why not look at going over there for a year or two and cash in ? Especially if he gets almost all the money upfront in a signing bonus ? The players owe it to themselves to get the best deal they can in a short career. If the KHL can provide something the Bruins can’t right now and it’s real then why not ? The other intangibles: 1) what city is the team in ? A year in Moscow would be a lot different experience than playing for Ak-Bars for example. 2) what kind of facilitates does the team have and especially what kind of airplane does it use on a regular basis ? 3) would he have to live on the base or could he live in the actual city ? and 4) could the player embrace everything that goes with playing in a very different culture very far from home ? It’s the same challenge that Russian and European players in general face when coming over here. If he can do it and the rest of the deal is ok then he should take the KHL seriously. If he couldn’t, wouldn’t want to put up with all of the things that come up living in Russia, or doesn’t want to go to a place like Magnitigorsk then take the Bruins bridge contract and be happy. For us the fans, this is all about entertainment, passion and enjoyment. For the players, the management and the ownership, there is also a serious business aspect to the game. This is just a normal part of that.

    • mark1260m - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Your comments have me wondering if contract negotiations with the KHL are in any way affected by the sanctions in place against Russia right now?

      • nhstateline - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        not at this time, however, that could happen largely through restrictions on currency being imported from there. The KHL, more or less an instrument of soft power for the Russian Federation, will continue giving desirable North American players visas, so that won’t be an issue. The idea that the USA might impose a travel ban is more likely than that but it isn’t very likely right now. If I’m Mr. Krug, I’m looking at this and seeing if I would be willing to do it for a year or so. If I’m David Warsofsky, I’m encouraging Mr. Krug to do it too…..

  10. layinglow56 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. I wouldn’t trust any organization to have my best interests in mind. Depending on the offer and experience, I say, go for it. Come back to the States and play for a different team with more cap space.

  11. drivemekrejci - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    If this happens, I’d immediately fire Chiarelli.

  12. isphet71 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see Boston fan reaction. I thought Krug played great the last few years for a young D, but I heard so many Boston fans get so insanely frustrated by Krug’s defensive abilities, that I know a sizeable percentage of Bs fans would be happy to watch him walk.

    They’re probably a vocal minority, but the sentiment is still there.

    • Moop - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      They’re definitely a vocal minority. Krug obviously doesn’t excel defensively quite like he does in the other team’s end, but his lapses seem to be lesser than those of Matt Bartkowski, for comparison. Also, Krug is more likely to become a better defender as he develops. He’s still only 23. Bartkowski is 26, going on 27 this year. He’s not going to get any better than he already is.

      Krug is so valuable as an offensive defenseman that it makes up for some of his struggles defensively. It’s especially important that he’s only a third pairing d-man for the Bruins; if he were a gifted offensive defenseman struggling on defense that is relied on to carry a team (such as Erik Karlsson), I’d be way more concerned about his defensive abilities.

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