It pains me to write this article, but there is a world where letting Torey Krug walk isn’t the worst idea in the world. Hold on, before you yell at me, there are a few conditions. Let’s explore!
There are two things about the Boston Bruins that everyone knows is true:
- The B’s have one of the deepest defensive cores in the league.
- The B’s desperately need to add secondary scoring
The Bruins have a pivotal choice to make this offseason, as deciding whether to allocate $7M+ to any one player will have significant impacts on any franchise moving forward. Torey Krug will get his well earned raise, from the Bruins, or another franchise. With only $15M in cap space and several RFAs and UFAs to sign, tough decisions will be have to be made.
The Bruins have a plethora of talent on the back-end, with (Assuming they re-sign Chara)- Chara, McAvoy, Carlo, Grzelcyk, Clifton, Vaakanainen, Lauzon and more. It’s very unlikely Grzelcyk, Vaakanainen, Lauzon, could fill the role of Torey Krug, specifically on the powerplay. However, maybe the front office is okay taking the hit on the back end and letting the young guys develop and grow, as the team’s defensive game is undoubtedly their strong suit. Lets play around and say going into next year, the Defense pairings are: Chara-McAvoy, Grzelcyk-Carlo, Vaakanainen/Lauzon-Clifton. That’s still a very solid unit.
Removing Torey Krug from this team’s blue line is a very tough pill to swallow, but, if they are able to bring in a dynamic goal scoring winger, then the trade off might just be worth it. The Bruins very evidently lack the depth scoring needed to win The Stanley Cup. In the 2019-2020 season, no one outside of the top line was able to hit 20 goals. With several dynamic wingers set to become UFAs this offseason, it might be time to make a splash. Losing Krug might not be as tough to swallow if the B’s can reel in dynamic winger.
Taylor Hall obviously tops the list of available Free Agents, but it’s probably unrealistic for him to come to Boston. In a lower tier, there are still some great wingers the B’s could take a run at. Mike Hoffman, Evengi Dadonov, and Tyler Toffoli are the interesting ones.
Lets zone in on Mike Hoffman, who would be a hell of an addition to this lineup. Hoffman, who turns 31 in November, has proven his capabilities these last few seasons. Bruins fans surely remember him from the 2017 Playoffs when he was an Ottawa Senator, as he pulled off the Forsberg move on Tuukka Rask after an insane almost rink-long saucer pass from former teammate Erik Karlsson.
The Ontario native has been on a role ever since, scoring 87 goals in his last 3 seasons, which average out to about 29 per season, with his career high 36 goals coming in the 2018-19 season. He has an insane shot, which the Bruins are in desperate need of outside of the “Perfection Line.”
A second line of DeBrusk, Krejci, and one of Hall/Hoffman/Dadonov/Toffoli would greatly improve this team, and might be a worthy enough swap to let Torey Krug walk. The powerplay would definitely take a hit, but I think they’d survive. Depth scoring has been an issue with this team for what seems like an eternity, will they be able to solve that issue while retaining the services of Torey Krug and paying him handsomely? As more time goes on, the more I feel the inevitability of the Bruins not re-signing Torey. It’s going to be one crazy offseason, as the makeup of this team could be very different come next season. What do you think will end up happening?
-Bradley Whitesell (@Bradiey98)
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