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Torey Krug’s New Beginning in St. Louis

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Torey Krug’s New Beginning in St. Louis
Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

After spending nine seasons with the Bruins, defenseman Torey Krug signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with the Blues once the NHL’s free agency period started earlier this month. Bovada has the Blues at +1800 to win the Stanley Cup next year (visit our Bovada Review). Krug was undrafted when the Bruins signed him in 2012 and he played a crucial role, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2019.

Bruins’ Disappointing End to 2020 Season

The Bruins finished the regular season with the most points in the league but they still fell short of their ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup. Boston was viewed as a strong contender for the Stanley Cup but their lackluster play once the season resumed led to a 4-1 series loss in the second round of the playoffs against the Lightning, the eventual Stanley Cup winners.

This was part of Krug’s goodbye post to the Bruins: “I have no words to describe how much the city, my teammates, and the fans mean to us. The truth is, I was never a fan of these types of posts but felt it necessary as my only means to connect with you guys.

Thank you to the Bruins organization for the opportunity to grow as a player and a person. Thank you to my teammates for the amazing memories and what will be lifelong bonds. Thank you to the fans and the community for embracing my family as one of your own.”

Bruins Let Krug Go

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney scheduled Zoom calls with players, including free agents but he didn’t do enough to keep Krug with the only franchise he has known. Krug, who was looking for a life-changing payday, said that negotiations were at a standstill. He also made it clear that he was not going to accept short money or a one-year deal.“I’ve taken shorter-term deals, less amount of money my whole career now,” Krug said. “This is my time in terms of my value at its peak.”

“He’s entitled to say whatever the hell he feels he wants to say,” Sweeney said. “I’m not going to comment publicly on any different contract negotiations other than hoping to find a landing spot when I have a good player and [person] that I feel are important to our organization, and Torey is such.”

Most sportsbooks, for example BetOnline, have the Bruins with the fourth-best NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup next year at between +1000 and +1400.