BOSTON (CBS) — Being a restricted free agent this offseason, Torey Krug’s options for making big bucks are limited … unless he’s willing to bolt to Russia.
According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, an unnamed KHL team has offered Krug a “sizable” contract — a deal which “included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus.”
Haggerty added that Lewis Gross, the agent for Krug, only issued a “no comment” when asked about the purported offer.
The report could mean a number of things. The odds of Krug, who led the Bruins with 10 points in the postseason this year, actually signing to play in Russia remain rather slim. As Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski noted, the leaking of the offer may be Krug’s camp trying to gain some leverage in negotiations with the Bruins.
However, Haggerty also noted that former Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka recently elected to play in Russia after receiving what he considered to be an unfair deal from the St. Louis Blues. Of course, the obvious difference between the two players is that Sobotka is from the Czech Republic while Krug is from Michigan, so the idea of playing in Europe would theoretically mean something different to each player.
Krug, 23, signed with the Bruins in March 2012, following his junior season at Michigan State. He made his NHL debut late in the 2012 regular season before providing a spark the following year in the 2013 playoffs, when he scored four goals and added two assists during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. In 2013-14, his rookie season, Krug scored 14 goals and had 26 assists as an instrumental part of Boston’s third-ranked power play. He had two goals and eight assists in 12 playoff games in 2014.
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