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BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 04: Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins reacts during a game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on February 4, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Now former Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has cashed in, and with the St. Louis Blues, too, by way of a seven-year deal worth $45.5 million ($6.5 million cap hit).

Krug’s move to St. Louis was first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, and confirmed by Pierre LeBrun before the Blues themselves confirmed the signing.

It’s the same average annual value that the Bruins reportedly offered Krug, but with an extra year on the deal. That was ultimately the difference-maker, too, with Krug opting to leave the only franchise history he’s ever known for that extra year of financial security.

The 5-foot-9 defender put up nine goals and 49 points in 61 games this past season, and is the league’s sixth-highest scoring defender since the start of the 2016 season, with 212 points in 282 games. Overall, Krug, who is the highest-scoring American in Bruins history, recorded 337 points in 523 games over nine seasons with the Bruins.

With Krug officially out of the picture, it’ll be interesting to see where the Bruins go.

Taylor Hall remains the big fish on the open market, and the Bruins are indeed interested, according to multiple reports and confirmed by a source. The Bruins are also interested in signing free agent Craig Smith, per reports.

Then there’s ex-Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, who is obviously on the outs in St. Louis following the Krug signing.

The Bruins, to this point, have only signed Kevan Miller.

Listen to Ty Anderson and Matt Dolloff discuss the latest with the Bruins in free agency and the trade market in the latest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast:

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.