Defenseman Torey Krug, one of many prime prizes on this 12 months’s NHL free-agent class, has agreed to a seven-year contract value $45.5 million with the St. Louis Blues, the group introduced Friday evening.
A blue-line staple for the Bruins, the 5-foot-9 Krug, 29, has spent his total NHL profession with Boston, taking part in in 523 video games. A quarterback of the ability play, he has 67 profession targets and 337 factors.
The Blues struggled at instances defensively final season as they defended the Stanley Cup. They bypassed the qualifying spherical within the Western Conference however misplaced within the first playoff spherical to the Vancouver Canucks.
Blues common supervisor Doug Armstrong, in a Friday evening media availability, mentioned the group made solely three calls to potential gamers, Krug included. The course of then continued with Krug having a dialog with coach Craig Berube.
“We know the player; we know what he can do on the power play,” Armstrong said. “He’s going to fit in very well.”
Krug and the Bruins lost to the Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game thriller of a series that ended with St. Louis’ first title.
“He’s not tall, obviously, but he is thick,” Armstrong said. “And he plays above his size. But his quickness is very important for us. He gets back and retrieves pucks. He makes an excellent first pass out of the zone.”
Krug’s deal could well end the tenure of Blues captain and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Also a free agent, Pietrangelo has had on-again, off-again discussions with St. Louis but could be ultimately headed to another destination. Armstrong reiterated that the Blues haven’t closed the door on a potential new deal, but it does appear to be a long shot.
“You never know what happens in the future. We’d have to get very creative,” he said. “But Alex has been a great part of this franchise.
“What we were trying to do, is knock things off as they came. And this came first.”
Krug, who played collegiately at Michigan State, was a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2013-14. He is coming off a four-year, $21 million contract, and said — before free agency began — that he was not interested in a short-term deal.
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He wasn’t even planning on St. Louis, for that matter. In an interview posted on the group’s web site Friday evening, in truth, Krug admitted that curiosity from the Blues was surprising.
“To be trustworthy, I did not see it coming,” he said. “I knew — earlier than this entire course of started — that there’d be a group that might come out of left subject and are available and shock us, and positive sufficient, once I acquired the decision, it appeared love a match made in heaven.”
The Blues, historically one of many prime groups within the Western Conference, have certified for the postseason eight of the previous 9 years, and have topped 90 regular-season factors seven consecutive years.
“I could not cross up a possibility to win 12 months after 12 months,” Krug said, “with that locker room, [and with] a core that’s related in age as I’m right now.”
The Bruins, quiet for a lot of the day, signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a one-year contract with a salary-cap hit of $1.25 million. Boston common supervisor Don Sweeney’s media availability was canceled Friday afternoon, however he’s scheduled to talk on Saturday afternoon.