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Torey Krug 7 years $45 Mil

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Torey Krug is big free agent D signing for Blues, not Alex Pietrangelo

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The St. Louis Blues ended up landing one of the most prominent defensemen in 2020 NHL Free Agency, but they signed 

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 that they signed Krug to a seven-year, $45.5M contract ($6.5M cap hit).

 

Naturally, there are plenty of fascinating subplots to this.

 

Most obviously, this means that the Blues are all but guaranteed to see Alex Pietrangelo walk away in free agency. It also, interestingly, means the Blues snatched Krug from the Bruins, the team 

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Remarkably, Krug and 

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 will share identical contracts, at least in money and term.

 

Inevitably, Krug will be compared to Pietrangelo. That may not be fair, although there are some pluses. For one thing, Krug is slightly younger (turned 29 on April 12) than Pietrangelo (turned 30 on Jan. 18). So, Krug is younger and almost certainly will be cheaper.

 

But, so far, there’s no denying that Pietrangelo boasts a higher standing in the NHL. Krug probably deserves a little more credit than he receives, though.

 

Cap Friendly basically puts the Blues’ cap space 

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 With (also-underrated) defenseman 

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 lingering as an RFA, St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong’s work isn’t done. Even if that means having to move on from Dunn, and maybe shedding some salary elsewhere.

 

Overall, though? If you have to walk away from Pietrangelo, Krug is a nice fit. That said, that term is risky, even for a very valuable player.

 

The Blues are very much built to win now, just with Krug instead of Pietrangelo going forward.

 

Wow, right?

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Was really hoping the Wings would sign the Livonia michigan native but alas.....

 

  Great puck mover, plays bigger than his size, always felt he was underrated. With Chara uncertain to return it is McAvoy and Carlo time to step up.

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18 hours ago, yave1964 said:

Was really hoping the Wings would sign the Livonia michigan native but alas.....

 

  Great puck mover, plays bigger than his size, always felt he was underrated. With Chara uncertain to return it is McAvoy and Carlo time to step up.

 

When i watch that interview, it puzzles me, unless i missed something...

 

Says he wanted to remain a bruin, and i am pretty sure that the bruins offering him damn close to what the blues did, if not exact, so when he's asked "how close were you to staying in Boston", and he says "Not Close", that just kind of blows my mind, almost as if he was saying there were no talks/offers.

 

Either way, (imo) he a PP specialist and was never that great at actually playing defense, great skater/puck mover willing to throw a hit or fight if need be, but i'm looking for a guy who's gonna be a rock at the blue line...for what St. Louis gave him, congrats on getting paid, best of luck.

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