Krug (shoulder) signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Bruins on Thursday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. It was important for the Bruins to lock down Krug, an impending restricted free agent, before free agency opens on July 1, as he was arguably Boston's most-productive defenseman last season. The mobile blueliner racked up 44 points (four goals, 40 assists) over 81 games in 2015-16, most among Bruins defenseman. The 25-year-old rearguard is an integral member of the B's power-play unit, making him a valuable commodity in fantasy leagues. Krug underwent right right shoulder surgery on April 21, and is expected to need around six months to fully recover from the procedure, so owners will want to monitor his recovery once training camp gets underway in Sept.
The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Krug (shoulder), who is slated to become a restricted free agent, the Boston Herald reports. The move was fully expected, as retaining Krug figures to be an offseason priority for the Bruins, who can ill-afford to lose the young, mobile blueliner, especially after dealing Dougie Hamilton last year. Krug, who underwent right shoulder surgery on April 21, is coming off a 2015-16 campaign in which he recorded 44 points in 81 games. His recovery will need to be monitored in training camp, but when healthy, Krug is a key cog on the B's power play and thus maintains fantasy utility.
Krug underwent right shoulder surgery on April 21. Per the report, Krug's recovery time is expected to be in the neighborhood of six months. Given that the NHL regular season is in line to begin in early October, it's fair to wonder at this stage whether the mobile blueliner might miss some time out of the gate as the 2016-17 campaign opens. Expect added clarity on that front to arrive once training camp gets going, but ultimately we'd expect the Bruins to err on the side of caution with Krug with the long haul in mind.
Krug will undergo offseason shoulder surgery, NESN.com reports. While the report does not outline a timetable for his recovery period, there has been nothing to suggest that the mobile bluleiner's status for the start of the 2016-17 season is in any danger. Krug -- who earned $3.4 million in 2015-16 -- is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1, though we suspect that retaining the blueliner for the long haul will be an offseason priority for the Bruins.
GM Don Sweeney relayed Thursday that Krug is likely facing offseason shoulder surgery, CSN New England reports. If Krug does have to undergo a shoulder procedure, it would presumably keep him from playing for Team USA in the upcoming world championships, though there's nothing to suggest that his status for the start of the 2016-17 season is in any question. Moreover, a balky shoulder could well have contributed to the career-worst 1.6 percent shooting percentage that Krug logged en route to notching just four goals on 244 shots in 81 games this past season. The mobile blueliner did, however, chip in a career-high 40 assists in that span.
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