Bruins free agent Torey Krug agrees to seven-year, $45 million contract with Blues

Torey Krug agrees to a seven-year $ 45 million free agent deal with Blues originally signed with NBC Sports Boston
Torey Krug's career with the Boston Bruins is over.
Krug has signed a seven-year deal worth $ 45.5 million ($ 6.5 million per season) with the St. Louis Blues, the team said on Friday night. The Blues defeated the Bruins in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals and have now signed Boston's best free agent for the 2020 off-season.
Krug's arrival in St. Louis could mark the end of Alex Pietrangelo's impressive career in the blues. The St. Louis captain and top defender is also an unrestricted free agent, and the Blues are currently unable to sign him and Krug.
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The 29-year-old pitcher was originally signed to the Bruins as a college free agent in 2012. He played seven full seasons with the B's and gave them a constant offensive production - both with the same strength and in power play - from the blue line.
Krug scored 49 points (nine goals, 40 assists) in 60 games in the shortened 2019-20 regular season. He has averaged 51.2 points over the past five seasons.
His departure leaves a large hole in the back of the Bruins. Krug was a key player, recording more than 20 minutes per game and providing a tremendous lead.
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The Bruins don't have a young top-four defender ready to take on Krug's role. Jeremy Lauzon, Matt Grzelcyk, and others are best suited for the third pairing at this stage of their careers.
The best way for the Bruins to replace Krug is by signing a skilled freelance agent or making a deal. The Bruins have a salary cap of around $ 15 million and could spend that money on a winger like Taylor Hall, Mike Hoffman or Tyler Toffoli instead of replacing Krug.

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