The day after some major NHL trades and the day before free agency begins, the Boston Bruins made a few noteworthy, but not shocking moves. The first was cutting ties with D Dennis Seidenberg by buying out the remaining 2 years on his contract. Seidenberg was traded to the Bruins in March 2010 and was a good D-man for them for a few years, but injuries and age caught up with him. The past 2 seasons Seidenberg was a minus player and looked slow.
The buyout saves the Bruins $4.6 million in cap space, which then allowed them to sign D Torey Krug to a 4-year deal averaging $5.25 million annually. The 25-year old Krug is fast, offensive-minded D-man who still has some developing to do. His scoring dropped off last season, but he finished the year with 40 assists and a +9. Krug is a good investment for the Bruins, especially if they can bring in another top-tier D-man to fill out their lines.
It is sad to see Seidenberg go because he played a nice role in the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, but it was 100% the right decision from the front office perspective.