NHL Rumor Mill – September 2, 2019
Updates on Torey Krug and Tyler Toffoli plus the latest on the Capitals in today’s NHL rumor mill.
DON’T EXPECT BRUINS TO TRADE KRUG
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: While Torey Krug has surfaced in this summer’s trade rumors, Joe Haggerty doesn’t expect the Boston Bruins to trade him. The 28-year-old defenseman has been mentioned as a trade option to land a top-six winger. He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July and could prove too expensive to re-sign.
With Krug playing at the top of his game, however, he’ll be crucial to the Bruins hopes of staging another run at the Stanley Cup this season. Uncertainty over restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo is also a factor, as well as the difficuty of replacing Krug on the power play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Bruins are out of playoff contention by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, don’t expect them to put Krug on the trade block this season. Krug will not only help them remain a Cup contender this season, he’ll also buy time for McAvoy to develop into his eventual successor.
COST-CUTTING TRADE COMING FOR THE CAPITALS?
NHL.COM: Washington Capitals general manager Brian McLellan told Tom Gulitti he isn’t ruling out making a trade to become cap compliant before the season opens next month.
“I think we’ll probably have to move someone,” MacLellan said. “Injuries and all the stuff that happens in training camp and exhibition season probably dictates it a little bit, but we’re going to be patient. We’re not in a rush. We’ll wait and let it play itself out.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals have over $82.8 million invested in 23 players for 2019-20. They’re above the $81.5-million salary cap by over $1.3 million. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out. With 14 forwards under contract, they could shop someone like Chandler Stephenson ($1.05 million). They could also demote him but he’ll have to clear waivers first.
THIS SEASON COULD BE TOFFOLI’S LAST WITH THE KINGS.
Not expecting him back. Best case scenario, builds his value up over first half of season and gets dealt at deadline. LA should not be offering more than 2-3 years, he’ll get 5-7 years on open market. https://t.co/Bb6BGuZCeO
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) August 31, 2019
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong performance by Toffoli in his contract year will make him among this year’s most coveted players leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline. He carries an affordable $4.6-million cap hit and lacks no-trade protection. Don’t be surprised if his name starts frequently popping up in trade speculation, especially if the Kings are out of playoff contention by New Year’s Day.