Blues sign free agent Torey Krug to seven-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The St. Louis Blues have signed free agent defenseman Torey Krug. He has received a seven-year deal.

Krug was one of the top players in the free agent class. His deal will reportedly worth $45.5 million.

Former Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and Tampa Bay Lightning player Chris Kunitz compete for control of the puck during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Torey Krug and Tampa Bay Lightning player Chris Kunitz compete for control of the puck during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (Getty Images)

“We know the player, we know what he can do on the power play,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told reporters Friday night. “He’s going to fit in very well.”

The 29-year-old Krug played his entire career with the Boston Bruins before agreeing to his deal. His four-year, $21 million contract expired at the end of the coronavirus impacted schedule.

With Krug in the fold now, the Blues are not expected to re-sign captain Alex Pietrangelo, who is also a free agent. The two sides have talked, but did not agree to a deal before Armstrong went elsewhere to sign Krug.

“You never know what happens in the future. We’d have to get very creative,” Armstrong 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.”

In his career, Krug appeared in 523 games, according to Hockey Reference. He had 67 goals and 270 assists, along with 337 points. The defenseman also had 23 +/- and 220 PIM during his tenure with the Bruins.

The 30-year-old Pietrangelo spent the last 12 seasons with the Blues, according to Hockey Reference. The three-time All-Star and 2019 Stanley Cup winner is still looking for a job.

He visited with the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. However, he is expected to stay on Sunday, as he is slated to look at schools, shopping, and more, according to Pierre LeBrun.

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