As posted here earlier this afternoon, the Boston Bruins are listening to trade offers for defenseman Torey Krug. They’re not, however, actively shopping Krug who is entering the final year of his four-year contract he signed on June 30, 2016 that has an annual cap hit of $5.2 million. According to the same source in that post though, that hasn’t stopped other teams from tossing out some substantial offers and the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks have expressed considerable interest in Krug.
The Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, and Arizona Coyotes have also inquired on the defenseman who had 16 assists and 18 points during the Bruins’ 24-game run through the playoffs. He finished the regular season with 47 assists and 53 points in 64 games.
The Wings’ and Canucks’ strong interest in Krug should come as no surprise as Krug grew up in Livonia, Michigan as a huge Red Wings fan and the Wings desperately need an upgrade to anchor their powerplay. Those close to Krug believe that if he were to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1, 2020, Detroit would be his top choice on the open market. Krug has a limited no-trade clause where he can list eight teams he won’t approve a trade to. The Wings would not be on that list.
The Canucks, of course, have a strong connection to Sweeney and the Bruins in GM Jim Benning who was the Assistant GM in Boston from 2006-14 and won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. He was part of the management team that signed Krug as an undrafted college free agent back in 2012.