Irresponsible Rumormongering

Potential NY Rangers UFA Target: Torey Krug

Over the past few days, there has been a lot of chatter about Boston’s Torey Krug hitting free agency and his fit with the NY Rangers. Krug, the Bruins 1LD, is in the final year of his contract that pays him $5.25 million, and is likely due a big raise. The 29 year old is a consistent 50 point LD with a rocket of a shot. He would certainly look good next to Jacob Trouba.

Krug’s Reputation vs. Actual Results

Krug is what he is, an offensive dynamo on the left side. Or is he? That’s his reputation because of the points, but he actually doesn’t drive as much play as you think. That said, one thing he doesn’t get credit for is that he’s pretty solid on defense too.

Now a grain of salt is required here, as the Bruins are overall a very good team. They play solid team defense and some of this may be team skewed. But regardless, Krug does have pretty solid defensive numbers across the board. What I do find to be interesting is the offensive numbers are actually not all that impressive.

This confirms what the heatmaps show. Krug’s xGF/60 is well below his actual GF/60, which indicates that on a different team, he might not have as big of an offensive impact. While is CF/60 is pretty solid, his xGA/60 is actually a little concerning, much like his xGF/60. This again suggests that away from the Bruins, he might not be as good.

Naturally these are more macrostats, which aim to evaluate his overall game. His microstats, his zone entries and exits, are still very good.

Compared with Tony DeAngelo here, because I’ve referenced DeAngelo as one of the better transition defensemen in the game. Krug compares favorably to DeAngelo in entries and exits, showing that he’s not a guy that just flips the puck to the neutral zone. He carries or passes the puck out of the DZ/into the OZ regularly. Where he shows his defensive side is on entries allowed, where Krug is again one of the better defensemen in the game here.

The Concerns

Cost. The concern will always be cost. Per Evolving-Wild, Krug’s most likely contract this offseason is a five year deal carrying a $7.376 million cap hit. His second most likely contract is seven years at $7.5 million. Krug turned 29 in April.

Assuming a five year deal, any signing team is getting Krug’s age 29-34 seasons. That is a very risky age to be guaranteeing $7+ million in a flat cap era. If Krug hits, then he could be a big addition to the blue line that addresses a big hole for the Rangers.

The problem is that, given his age and other metrics, Krug is unlikely to maintain production throughout the full contract. Torey Krug would be a nice addition to the Rangers, but the risk is too great. This seems like a big avoid.

Charts from CJ Turtoro, Hockeyviz and Evolving-Wild.

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  • I really don’t understand why he would even be considered a potential UFA target — in fact I feel that most of these “write ups” about potential trade/ufa targets are woefully lacking. They don’t tick off any of the major boxes re: what the team would be looking for in this off-season.

  • Yes Kruger is an older more expensive version of DeAngelo for sure. The Ranger don’t have enough cap room to sign the RFA they have let alone take a swan dive in the FA pool.

  • The man currently get $5.25, and is due a raise. His demands will be out of the ballpark, I’d pass big time………………………….

  • horrible idea….we cannot be spending LT on UFAs when we are going to have a number of very good players that will be looking for money of the next 3-5 years.
    If Trouba needs a $7M player next to him to succeed, he is not worth 12 his contract.

    • Mike re LT UFAs … are correct on whats coming up the ranks in a few years…I can think of 4/5 D NYR would want back that were traded because of a lack of patience, poor development, no room on the roster or lack of what an NHL DM should be; Tinordi, Norstrom, Samuelsson, Carkner, Zubov, and R Graves. Please NYR stay the course dont look for the glitter.
      Dave… thanks for the conversation and a place to have it.

  • Always thought Krug would be a good addition to the Rangers. But, that was when it was advantageous to the Rangers. Now, an older player with a big contract in its final year. No thank you, unless he would agree to a short term contract, and that’s not happening.

  • This would be a terrible decision on the Rangers part! This is a rebuild through youth and the draft, not the old way of signing others retreads!

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