Bruins GM Don Sweeney reacts to Torey Krug leaving: 'We fell short on term'
Bruin's GM Don Sweeney reacts to Torey Krug's departure: "We missed the deadline" originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Torey Krug brought his talents to the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Free Agency on Friday, leaving the Boston Bruins without a valued defender and key powerplay associate.
Krug admitted Friday night that he was "not close" to staying with the Bruins and that the team made an offer "about a year ago" and eventually pulled it.
Bruin's general manager Don Sweeney met with reporters in a video press conference on Saturday and was asked about Krug's departure. Sweeney noted that the term was an area where the two sides were separated. Krug was awarded a seven-year contract worth $ 45.5 million from the Blues.
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"I'm going to speak to Torey. Of course I'm not talking about players who play on other teams. With that in mind, I'll leave it in the context of a player and how we communicate effectively," explained Sweeney. "I think we are very proud to keep up that communication. Disagreeing from a contractual point of view never means disregarding a player. You just don't find anything in common. The bottom line is that we didn't meet the deadline."
"But from the point of view of the competition and the offers on offer, we felt very comfortable in the position we were in and tried to be in. And with full respect for Torey, as I said, or any player, going to market. " and to test the market and to find the value that they consider comfortable, that is their aim. You have reached that point and you are able to do it. And the club must have plans to do so during that time, whether or not if that current player moves forward or another player. "
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The Bruins haven't replaced Krug's role on the blue line yet, and it's a huge task to be accomplished. Krug was a top four defender who averaged over 40 points over the past five seasons while also quartering the top power play unit and taking a massive lead.
After signing right winger Craig Smith on Saturday and re-signing defense attorney Kevan Miller on Friday, Boston has a salary cap of roughly $ 12 million.
One player who won't replace Krug is Alex Pietrangelo. The Blues captain is an unreserved free agent, and it doesn't look like a return to St. Louis is happening after the team devoted a lot of money and time to Krug landing.
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Sweeney confirmed that he did not speak to Pietrangelo's agents during the free agency, but is exploring other options in the market.
"We feel comfortable having conversations with the remaining free agents who we think would help our club," Sweeney said. "I don't have full disclosure on this case, I haven't had a discussion with Pietrangelo's camp.
"We feel our right side may not be the best choice for our club. Very respectful of the player, an elite player in the National Hockey League. This is not the discussion we had. Regarding other players we have 'We will certainly pique interest on both sides and see what we can possibly fit into. "
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