If Kevin Dallman can win the KHL’s “best defenseman” award, then Torey Krug would be the Russian league’s Bobby Orrski. Of course, that’s if the KHL were actually an option for Krug and not just some fantastical ruse leaked to friendly media in order to create faux competition for his services, in a desperate attempt to jack up his price as a restricted free agent with the Boston Bruins. Noooooo … it couldn’t be that, could it? A source with knowledge of Krug’s negotiations told CSNNE.com that there’s been a sizable offer made for the defenseman’s services by an unidentified KHL team. The offer, according to the source, included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus. When contacted by CSNNE.com, Krug’s agent, Lewis Gross, wouldn’t confirm, or deny, that the KHL offer existed, and instead offered an apologetic “no comment.” Ew, Gross. Krug is 23 and is coming off a rookie season that saw him notch 40 points in 79 games for the Bruins, following an impressive debut postseason in Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. His last contract was for $916,667 against the cap, which included three years of maxed out rookie deal bonuses.
Torey Krug leveraging KHL against the Boston Bruins
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 12