In a one on one interview with NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney admitted that he’s surveying the trade market ahead of next week’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft and won’t rule out anything on the trade front, including trading defenseman Torey Krug.
When asked if he forsees any blockbuster type trades for the Bruins this summer, Sweeney was surprisingly candid in his response:
“I make calls and field calls and try to throw some ideas around that maybe you find a fit. I think there’s more hockey chatter right now, in terms of hockey trades that teams are looking to sort of shake things up on their own teams. We have some players that we feel would be marketable. People have called, and rightfully so, we also have a group of players that it would really take an awfully big deal to get us to move. But I have to listen and I have to make calls.”
In particular, Benjamin asked if defenseman Torey Krug has been discussed with other NHL GMs as a trade option.
“Look, you never know. I’m not actively shopping Torey. People call on a lot of different guys that we have. I have private conversations with each and every general manager, but we value what Torey brings to the table. It’s very difficult to replace a 60-point guy. He’s grown with our organization. He’s grown into a leadership role on and off the ice. He’s a big part of our success. I’d say it’s unlikely.”
Interesting choice of words. Unlikely, yet… you never know.
But what about veteran David Krejci? Surely the Bruins would love to get out from under his onerous $7.25 million annual contract. TSN insider Darren Dreger reports that the Bruins have received calls on Krejci but believes that the Bruins are reluctant to move him as they don’t have a suitable replacement currently within the organization. Also hindering any potential deal with Krejci is the fact that he has a full no-movement clause on his contract. In effect, the 32 year old Krejci is in total control of his future.