It should come as no surprise at all that Torey Krug has been nothing but classy in what was undoubtedly a bittersweet exit for him from the Boston Bruins.
The offensive defenseman is set for life after signing a seven-year deal with the St. Louis Blues in free agency that will pay him $45.5 million, but Krug was consistent in his stance he never really wanted to leave Boston. Instead the Bruins came in with a lesser offer to Krug a year ago and then, according to Krug himself, pulled that offer when the club likely realized that the player was going to hit the free market and take the highest bid.
None of that changes the memories that Krug created over his eight years in Boston that included two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, a ton of points and more than a few good-natured social media squabbles with Brad Marchand along the way. After a week of reflection and perhaps even getting over that he was no longer going to be a member of the Boston Bruins, Krug sent out an Instagram goodbye message to his fans, his former teammates and the city that became his adopted home after signing out of Michigan State.
“I am so grateful that Melanie and I could call Boston home for the last 8 years,” said Krug, in a post that included photos of him with his teammates on the ice and his baby daughter Saylor in the Bruins dressing room. “I have no words to describe how much the city, my teammates, and the fans mean to us. The truth is, I was never a fan of these types of posts but felt it necessary as my only means to connect with you guys.”
Here’s the full post from Krug bidding adieu.
The final message from Krug is exactly the kind of poised, letter-perfect message that made the 29-year-old defenseman a leader inside the Boston Bruins dressing room that grew in stature and voice over the years. Unfortunately, that leadership, power play acumen and everything else that Krug brought to the table has now moved on to St. Louis, but he gave one last reminder of exactly what the B’s will be missing moving forward.