Re: Would you trade Krug?
posted at 2/11/2014 2:49 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to adkbeesfan's comment:
i understand the need for conversation. but why on earth is anyone concerned about the d-men? they've been great. they've allowed the second fewest goals in the league... does this count for anything? i can't single out one guy that makes me nervous ala joe oh- no corvo or hunwick. i mean it's one thing to carry on a conversation about who is better, more valuable, or more likely to be traded. but to be "concerned" about the team that's the defensive envy of every other team in the league, is just much ado 'bout nuttin'.
Oh, it counts for something for sure. To be clear, I didn't start this thinking they ought to replace Krug. I think you think of selling high if you've already decided he's not a long term fit, and I'm not in that camp. The question was whether or not there was an offer out there that the Bruins should consider. I mean, Seidenberg and Bartkowski were had for less than Krug (Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2nd round pick...man, is that a fleecing). I can't imagine there is, though.
On the "concern" side - teams will have a full year of tape on these guys going into the playoffs and they will read and react and adapt better over a 7 game series. Biggest example I can think of off the top - Bartkowski wheeling the net and jumpstarting the breakout. I can see him getting lit up Steve Downie on Sean Donavan style because the opponent knows to expect it. Turnover, goal, maybe injury. Krug has adapted to when and where he's getting pressured on the PP, but the Blackhawks did a great job of taking away his options and forcing turnovers last year. Maybe that is in the past, maybe not. Toronto got Hamilton to be too aggressive on his pinches and that led to too many chances. If I'm a coach gameplanning for the Bruins, my first idea is to breakdown the tendencies of these three and see how uncomfortable I can make them.
you look at it that way, i look at it this way. everyone has tape on everyone. in your scenario, it would seem that guys that are proven vets would be the easiest to play against- because there's more tape to show tendencies. whether someone enters the nhl through the ahl or khl, there's LOTS of tape for coaches to look at. to me it's all about "is the moment too big for a young player". last year krug definitely showed it wasn't.