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What Do You Think Of Torey Krug Returning Home?

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Red Wings fans, watching a slog of a season, are allowed to dream.

They might spend some of Friday’s game against the Bruins wondering what Torey Krug would look like in red and white, how he might lift his hometown team out of the cellar. Both his No. 47 and the Detroit captaincy are open, too.

Just maybe . . . what if . . .

There’s a long way to go before July 1 and free agency, and there remains a chance that Krug won’t make it there. The impending free agent, who will be 29 in April, could sign a long-term deal and become a lifelong Bruin, securing his young family’s roots in this area.

However, the pull of home could be strong.

Krug and his wife, Melanie, are both Michiganders, having met as Michigan State students. Krug grew up cheering for the Wings and their captain, current general manager Steve Yzerman. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill tutored Krug in the USHL.

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Paul's avatar

Sometimes you just scratch your head..

from Sammi Sibler of Yahoo,

However, looking at their play, the effort is there; Detroit is confident in their ability to stick together. The Wings average just over 30 shots on net per game and move the puck well but during certain stretches, the team will take a step back and fall behind….

While the 2019-20 campaign is still in its infancy, Detroit is ready to play with urgency to snap out of its skid and return to form — especially, if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

more, basically quotes from players…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/07/19 at 06:04 PM ET

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All things being equal, yeah. Definitely.

Though I don’t imagine his connection to Jeff Blashill will be all that relevant by the time the Bruins’ offseason rolls around…

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/07/19 at 06:18 PM ET

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No next to nothing about him but at 8 mil his pay is at the top for defenseman. Skeptical because he’s only 5’9”, IMO that’s too small for a defensemen in today’s NHL. Maybe Green drops off.

Posted by stateofmifan on 11/07/19 at 06:53 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Sometimes you just scratch your head..

from Sammi Sibler of Yahoo,

I would like some of whatever he’s smoking. The Wings are not close to being a playoff team.

Detroit is ready to play with urgency

Really? Have you watched all of the games? Because I have and ‘urgency’ is not the word that comes to mind for me.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 11/07/19 at 07:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

All I’ll say is be careful giving a 29 yr old D-man a big contract based on what he did at 24,25,26,27….drew doughty, Erik karlsson as example, especially if the rebuild plan continues for 3 more years….

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/07/19 at 07:43 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Another stupid rumour!  Vultures feeding on basement Wings

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/07/19 at 08:10 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Both his No. 47 and the Detroit captaincy are open, too.

So this guy Porter thinks the Wings will (1) shell out Ken Holland-level money for Krug and then (2) make him their captain?  rolleyes

I would like some of whatever he’s smoking.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake

Well, it is technically legal here in Michigan now. And some day we may actually be able to buy it. But if Porter wants to send us some in the meantime, I won’t turn it down.  grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/07/19 at 11:46 PM ET

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I could see Krug coming to Detroit. I can’t see him pulling in top pairing money or taking the C, but I could see him in the Winged Wheel.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/08/19 at 02:23 AM ET

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Chara is going to have to retire at some point,and the Bruins going to need to keep Krug around to help fill that gap.

Lots of players are from Michigan… Doesn’t necessarily mean they want to come back to play in Detroit.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/08/19 at 02:48 AM ET

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Sometimes you just scratch your head..

from Sammi Sibler of Yahoo,

However, looking at their play, the effort is there; Detroit is confident in their ability to stick together. The Wings…..move the puck well but during certain stretches, the team will take a step back and fall behind….

While the 2019-20 campaign is still in its infancy, Detroit is ready to play with urgency to snap out of its skid and return to form — especially, if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

more, basically quotes from players…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/07/19 at 06:04 PM ET


I would venture to say Sammi hasn’t watched a g-d minute of red wings hockey this year if these are things he believes are true…

Posted by MZ2215 on 11/08/19 at 07:11 AM ET

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Another stupid rumour!

What’s stupid about it? Players don’t like playing for the teams they grew up cheering for in the state they grew up in?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/08/19 at 08:37 AM ET

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Given that this team is at least 2-3 years away from even challenging for a playoff spot IF everything goes right, I’m not sure how signing a 29 year old Krug would make much sense given that he would be 32-33 years old by the time this team could make a run.

I think the Wings stay out of any big FA signings again this summer and continue to bide their time.

Posted by Charles1986 on 11/08/19 at 10:07 AM ET

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All I’ll say is be careful giving a 29 yr old D-man a big contract based on what he did at 24,25,26,27….drew doughty, Erik karlsson as example, especially if the rebuild plan continues for 3 more years….

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/07/19 at 07:43 PM ET

Not to mention playing with Chara and McAvoy and Carlo

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 11/08/19 at 12:39 PM ET

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If it takes throwing a huge, seven year contract to lure Krug from a
comfortable, winning situation, I’d agree it’s probably not
the right timing for Detroit. You can’t overpay in the cap world
and essentially thank and reward a veteran player for their contributions to another team. The same team you are competing against who got that players prime years at a relative bargain but cannot or will not overpay as that player begins to decline.

I’m sure Krug will be a good to very good player for a few more years.
I’m also pretty sure Detroit will not be contending during that window.
How much is an aging, UFA-priced Krug worth as a mentor?

 

 

Posted by lefty.30 on 11/08/19 at 08:31 PM ET

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You can’t overpay in the cap world and essentially thank and reward a veteran player for their contributions to another team. The same team you are competing against who got that players prime years at a relative bargain but cannot or will not overpay as that player begins to decline.

Posted by lefty.30 on 11/08/19 at 08:31 PM ET

I’d never thought about it in exactly that way. Very interesting observation.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/09/19 at 09:51 AM ET

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