ST. LOUIS, Mo- The St. Louis Blues made news with the signing of a veteran defenseman on the first day of NHL Free Agency, but not in the way many expected. The team announced Friday night that it signed Torey Krug, formerly of the Boston Bruins, to a 7-year deal worth $45.5 million.
The move all but officially means the team will not re-sign team captain Alex Pietrangelo, who entered unrestricted free agency at 11am Friday when he and the team could not agree to a new contract.
In a late evening news conference, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong told reporters “we couldn’t find something that made everyone comfortable….I’m not sure why. I was hoping to get something done.”
“It’s not the first time it won’t be the last time that it happens in the NHL, we just wish it didn’t happen,” Armstrong said.
In an interview with Blues radio analyst Joey Vitale, Krug, who was notorious in the eyes of St. Louis fans not long ago after a bruising hit on Robert Thomas in the Stanley Cup Finals last season, said he expected a possible suitor to come out of left field in the free agent process, but added he didn’t see St. Louis coming. “I went to war with them about a year ago, but just can’t wait to work with them,” Krug said, adding that he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to win year after year.
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins took to social media to say goodbye to Krug, who played his entire career, parts of 9 seasons, with the club.