Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is just coming off his first full season in the NHL and he’s already drawing interest from other pro leagues. The timing is fortunate as Krug is a restricted free agent currently embroiled in talks with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.
Sources have indicated to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty that Krug received a ‘big offer’ from a KHL team, which could be used as leverage against the Bruins in order to get the money Krug feels he deserves.
A source with knowledge of Krug’s negotiations told CSNNE.com that there’s been a sizable offer made for the defenseman’s services by an unidentified KHL team. The offer, according to the source, included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus.
That offer would stand in stark contrast to the reported plans of Peter Chiarelli as they pertain to Krug and restricted free agent forward Reilly Smith.
Peter Chiarelli indicated to reporters earlier this summer that Krug, and Smith, might have to settle for short money next season, and then get rewarded with the bigger, better contract while performing at the same level over the next couple of years.
The Bruins are already projected to be at or over the salary cap ceiling and both Krug and Smith can feasibly ask for $3 million or more per year based on their production this past season. It will be up to Chiarelli and the Bruins to quell this KHL talk and get these two youngsters under contract. It will also be up to Torey Krug to decide if it’s really worth walking away from an NHL career to grab more money early on in the KHL.