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Apr 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) is congratulated by the bench as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

Kyrie Irving is on his way out of Boston and to the Brooklyn Nets, mere months after infamously telling C’s season ticket holders in October, “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.” Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, meanwhile, is signed for one more season and sounds committed to finding a way to stay long-term.

If Krug’s Twitter account is any indication, he intends to be a man of his word. Because over the weekend he subtly crushed Irving with a single tweet, wondering what changed Irving’s mind from nine months ago.

Irving certainly proved himself to be as enigmatic a star who’s ever rolled through Boston over the course of the 2018-19 season. To make that verbal commitment before changing course so aggressively just a few months later – when he told reporters “I don’t owe anybody s**t” and “Ask me [about my future] July 1st” – should go down as one of the great double-crosses in Boston sports history.

It appears that Krug is not that kind of guy. And while it may be tough for the Bruins to keep Krug while also re-signing Charlie McAvoy and other young key pieces long-term, Krug clearly isn’t going to do what Irving did.

We’re still just in the early stages of negative attention going Irving’s way. Obviously he’s not even safe from other Boston athletes. The anecdote of him declining to sign basketballs for charity could be just the tip of the iceberg.

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