Torey Krug’s recent comments make it seem that he is heading elsewhere in free agency; the Detroit Red Wings need to act on this.
The Detroit Red Wings need to make a splash in the free agency pool this offseason. The organization has the cap room to pay for a defenseman like Torey Krug, and overpaying for him really should not matter.
Given his recent comments regarding free agency and a return to the Boston Bruins, it seems that he may be heading to the free-agent market to see what kind of offer he can garner on a long-term contract.
Going into his tenth year in the NHL, he is a nine-year veteran of the Bruins but is a hometown product from Livonia, Michigan, and former Michigan State Spartans hockey player.
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This past season, Krug played in 61 games, where he scored nine goals and added 40 assists for 49 points on the season. The 29-year old is looking to get his maximum value out of his next contract.
Some of his recent comments regarding his contract status as a pending free agent, he did state that he would not mind returning to the Bruins organization. However, Krug also mentioned that he is not going to take a “team-friendly” deal.
Red Wings General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman should see this as an opportunity to sign an impact defenseman, even if they overpay for him.
Krug can be rated as the top defenseman on the market, while Alex Pietrangelo could rival that even though he is likely not leaving the St. Louis Blues organization.
The Red Wings need to see that Krug is most likely going to be heading to the open market. Thought the Boston Bruins are in a good spot with their cap space, affording Krug with the terms that he feels he is worth is going to be a tough-get for them.
Yzerman should be trying to market the “come on home to Michigan” ideas to Krug with the hopes that an enticing contract and idea of coming back home could persuade the defenseman.
It sure seems like the Red Wings could make a pitch to Krug about getting him to join the organization as a future stronghold of the blueline. Given the organization’s cap space and the likelihood of smaller deals with restricted free agents, an “overpayment” of Krug on a big contract is not that bad.
Frankly, the Red Wings should be totally okay with giving Krug nearly $7 million on a four to a six-year deal. While some might feel this is overpaying for the long-time Bruins defenseman, it should be more than worth it for Yzerman and the organization.
The Detroit Red Wings should recognize that Torey Krug’s recent comments make it pretty-much known that he is going to test the market; and readying a contract and pitch for the defenseman.