The Skate Podcast: Making a case for trading Matt Grzelcyk, keeping Torey Krug

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November 21, 2019 - 2:18 pm

The way Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has managed Boston's salary cap situation, it won’t be surprising if he’s able to retain both defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who will be a restricted free agent after this season, and defenseman Torey Krug, who will be an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t sign an extension before July 1.

Grzelcyk’s two-goal performance against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday had people fantasizing that he’ll be Krug’s replacement, but on The Skate Podcast co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman discussed why it might be the better move to trade Grzelcyk.

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“Here’s the twist. Everyone’s like ‘oh we can trade Krug now.’ How about you can trade Grzelcyk? RFA after the year, younger defenseman,” Kalman said.

“Plus if you’re signing Krug your losing Grzelcyk next year in the expansion draft anyway. Either you’re going to have to trade him before that or you’re going to lose him.”

Laird pointed out Krug’s next contract might be too rich or long for the Bruins.

“But I would think they view that as Grzelcyk’s [a better deal>, in terms of the dollars, an $8 million deal Krug for a seven-year deal or whatever he wants,” Laird said.

Kalman held firm to the notion that it won’t take $8 million to keep Krug, and that the veteran will return for something in the neighborhood of $6-7 million.

In addition to Kalman’s interview with NHL legend Eddie Shack and his co-author Ken Reid to talk about the new book “Eddie Shack: Hockey’s Most Entertaining Stories,” Kalman and Laird talked some more about whether David Krejci should play more with David Pastrnak, which Bruins should make it to the Hall of Fame and why everyone on Twitter should back off of Danton Heinen.

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