Torey Krug is moving on from the Boston Bruins. The Blues inked the 29-year-old defenseman to a 7 year, $45.5 million dollar deal. St. Louis was able to get the contract done on the first day of free agency.
We want answers
A few things are still unclear regarding Krug's negotiations with the Bruins. According to Krug, the dialogue with Boston was non-existent leading up to free agency this week. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the 2 sides just could not agree on terms.
It was reported that Boston offered Krug 6x6.5, which turns out to 1 year less than he signed for in St. Louis. But if Krug is saying a deal was offered a year ago, then it is clear the Bruins were ready to move on from him.
It will be interesting to see if we ever find out what exactly happened. But regardless of those aspects, the bottom line is the Blues are getting a hell of a hockey player.
As productive as anyone
In 61 games in the 2020 regular season, Krug put up his regular impressive offensive numbers. He corralled 40 assists and snapped home 9 goals. Quarterbacking Boston's power play, which finished 2nd in the league with a 25.2% scoring rate, he tallied 28 points on the man advantage.
Krug was on an absolute heater right before the shutdown. From February 19th to March 7th, he racked up 10 points in 9 games.
Unfortunately, the pandemic stoppage seemed to slow down his momentum, as he was inconsistent in the bubble, along with many Bruins teammates. He tallied 6 assists, zero goals, and was a -6 in the Round-Robin and the 2 playoff series.
Krug's last play as a Bruin was Patrick Maroon winning a battle in front of the net on Victor Hedman's series-clinching goal. It was an unfortunate way for him to end his tenure in Boston because he gave a lot to the organization.
How it all started
Krug signed with Boston as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after a productive career at Michigan State. There were questions if the 5-foot-9 defenseman could carve out a career in the NHL. Krug put all those doubts to rest in the 2013 playoffs.
Krug scored his first 4 career goals on the future hall of famer Henrik Lundqvist in the 2013 playoffs. He delivered many memorable moments throughout his time wearing the Spoked-B.
His game-tying goal against the Maple Leafs in game 7 of the 2018 first round, his bone-crunching hit on Robert Thomas in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, his goal and 3 assists to help put the Bruins up 2-1 in that series. The list goes on and on.
If the Bruins were able to win that series, Krug would have been remembered as one of the better players during that run. The picture of him soaring through the air with his hair flying would have been the picture planted on sports bars al over New England. A la, it was not to be.
Impactful in many different ways
Krug departs the Bruins as the 6th most productive defenseman in franchise history. He put up 337 points in 523 games.
Krug was also a huge part of the Bruins locker-room. He served as the bridge between the Cup-winning guys still around from 2011 and the new wave that started to form over the past few seasons. He was a vital part of the Bruins organization and the Boston community.
There is no doubt the Bruins will miss Krug. While he was never great in his own zone, he brought so much to the table on and off the ice. Krug put together a career in Boston a few thought he would ever produce. He left everything he had out on the ice and gave his heart to the origination. It will be weird seeing Krug in another team's colors.
Story by Chad Jones
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