Of course, if you start looking at what the Boston Bruins have in mind for this offseason, you wouldn't guess that moving a star player is in the works. However, sometimes, a team has to do what it has to do. During the team's press conference at the end of the season, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports in Boston revealed that president Cam Neely made his offseason shopping list public.
“Right now, I think we need to figure out what we’re doing with the backup goaltender. That’s an important piece. If we’re going to have the goalie be expected to play at least 25 games, then you’re going to need one that’s going to give you some really good starts,” said Neely. “Then after that, you could pick between the forward group. I think we have enough skill and offensive talent, but it just dried up for us for whatever reason in the playoffs.
“We just weren’t getting anything five-on-five, or from the secondary piece of it. On the back end, I think you see what happens when you watch enough of the playoffs. Everything gets ramped up, even the physicality. It’s not quite where it used to be, but it still really gets ramped up in the playoffs. So in an ideal world, you find a guy that can skate, retrieve pucks and be a big body on the back end, then that’s what you would love to have.”
Neely also pointed out the need to upgrade the defense, however, no one mentioned it could come at the cost of one star blue liner. According to Craig Custance of The Athletic, the name of Torey Krug is back on the table, though the Bruins would much rather relieve themselves of the contracts of David Backes or David Krejci. However, Krug remains one of the most attractive trade baits out there.
"The Bruins like him but so does everybody else, which makes him an interesting trade option. In a perfect world, there’s a left-shot defenseman coming back with a little more size for the Bruins defense, who can contribute on the PK and upgrade play at even strength. That’s a pretty specific order," writes Custance.
“He had 12 points in 11 playoff games,” said one executive while making the case for Krug. “I think they could move him, but they don’t have to.”
There was once talks of a trade between the Edmonton Oilers and the Bruins, concerning Krug. The rumour involved Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who has also been on the trade block for most of the season.