The Boston Bruins are faced with a little bit of a predicament.
Their cap space is about as thin as they come, and they have nine players who are headed to the NHL Free Agency market tomorrow. Well it is not as bad as it seems really; only five of them are of true importance. However, you can assure that other teams will pursue several of them, and Torey Krug will be at the forefront.
With the small bit of change the B’s do have, they are going to dangle it in front of Jarome Iginla, and hope that he accepts a another deal reaped with potential bonuses, which will not cut against the B’s salary cap. Yet, with many teams already conversing with Iginla, it may be harder to keep him in Boston than the front office thinks.
Reilly Smith will also be someone who the Bruins try to retain, but on the defensive side of things, many teams will likely target Krug as well. His terrific performances in the postseason gives teams all the more reason to want the young gun. Quietly, Krug led the Bruins with 10 points in their playoff run.
At this point, the Bruins have a perfect combination of experience and potential on defense. They are also a balanced mix of offensive and defensive styles, which make the Bruins ‘D’ so hard to play against. Krug particularly brings to the defensive core a level of stick skills and puck maneuvering ability that Bruins fans have not seen in awhile.
Krug is a crucial component for the Bruins, and he needs to be sporting a B’s sweater if they want to make a run at the Cup next season. Boston may have a difficult time re-signing both Iginla and Krug, but no matter what Krug needs to remain on the roster.