NHL Rumor Mill – September 9, 2019
Updates on Taylor Hall, Torey Krug, and Ivan Provorov in today’s NHL rumor mill.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Abbey Mastracco wonders what the future holds for New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall. He’s a year away from unrestricted free agent status and there’s no certainty he’ll re-sign with the Devils. Earlier this summer, Hall said he wanted to take his time before reaching a decision but that’s making Devils fans nervous as training camp approaches.
Mastracco feels it is tough to think of the Devils trading Hall in the middle of a playoff run if they don’t have the framework for an extension in place by then. They might be best served to move him for some type of mega-return but they could also keep him for the remainder of the season if they’re in the postseason chase.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will depend upon the Devils’ performance this season. He could stic around If the offseason additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and first-overall pick Jack Hughes significantly improve the club’s overall play. If they struggle again and he still hasn’t re-signed, they could entertain offers leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
BOSTON HERALD: Torey Krug’s future is among Steve Conroy’s half-dozen questions facing the Bruins this season. The club loves his play and he loves being a Bruin, but the cost of re-signing the pending UFA could make him difficult to retain.
Another strong performance like last season could see Krug command between $7-$9 million annually on the open market. While he recently suggested he could accept a little less than market value to stay in Boston, he’ll still be expensive to re-sign.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin believes it’ll be difficult for the Bruins to retain Krug, especially as they still haven’t yet re-signed young defenders Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. He wonders if they could trade Krug at some point for a top-six forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another solid performance by Krug will only bolster his UFA value. If he hasn’t re-signed by the trade deadline I think they’ll retain him if they’re still among the Stanley Cup favorites and worry about his contract afterward.
The report of him asking for $10M was bogus. That said, he is asking to be paid in the $8M range. https://t.co/h01mGLOxuU
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) September 7, 2019