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Torey Krug Re-Signs with Bruins: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistJune 30, 2016

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug shoots the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Danny Moloshok/Associated Press

The Boston Bruins were able to keep a key piece of their blue line on Thursday, as the team re-signed Torey Krug.

Boston confirmed the deal on its Twitter account while also providing contract details:  

Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

#NHLBruins sign Torey Krug to 4-year contract worth an AAV of $5.25 million: https://t.co/S6o4uYOt22 https://t.co/TJtNiSp4eT

The dynamic 5'9", 181-pound defender expressed his excitement over his new contract:

Torey Krug @ToreyKrug

It is an honor being a @NHLBruins for 4 more years. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. I love this city and these fans and (1/2)

Torey Krug @ToreyKrug

Will continue to pour my heart out on the ice. The next step is to work towards a Stanley Cup. See you guys in September #TK47 #GoBs

General Fanager also gave a look at some comparable deals to Krug from around the league:

Considering Krug's production over the past three seasons, this signing is a great fit for the Bruins. Krug put together campaigns of 40, 39 and 44 points in the last three years, including nine goals and 43 assists combined on the power play.

Here are last season's statistics for these comparables:

2016 Statistics for Krug Contract Comparables
PlayerAgeGames PlayedGoalsAssistsPoints+/-
Krug2581440449
T.J. Brodie2670639454
Jared Spurgeon267711182910
Sami Vatanen2571929388
ESPN.com

After Zdeno Chara, with 37 points, no other Bruins defenseman was able to reach 20 points. The team finished fifth in the league in scoring with 2.88 goals per game with Krug leading the charge from the defense.

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Kirk Luedeke of New England Hockey Journal noted that some have underappreciated Krug as of late but said this signing is a step in the right direction for Boston:

Kirk Luedeke @kluedeke29

Continue to be astounded at how much some Boston fans undervalue Torey Krug. Fully on board with the extension- now upgrade the D corps

Krug is not the only piece of a defensive overhaul for the Bruins, as they bought out 34-year-old veteran Dennis Seidenberg as well on Thursday. Per Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski, Boston will have $1.167 million is dead cap space for the next two seasons and for 2019-20, while the hit will be $2.167 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

Assuming it cannot re-sign Loui Eriksson, which WEEI's DJ Bean reported does not appear imminent, Boston will have roughly $20 million to spend in free agency, according to Spotrac.

Krug is only 25 years old, and he will continue to get better. Defensemen who can consistently provide 40 points are tough to find in the NHL, and Krug is in the second tier of offensive blueliners after Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Kris Letang.

This is a smart signing for the Bruins to secure the future of their defensive group and the power play. Krug is a tremendous skater and a skilled passer, which are valuable assets in today's speed-driven NHL.

Statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com.

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