Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is still upset that long-time Bruin, and personal friend, Torey Krug left the organization this offseason and signed with the St. Louis Blues during free agency.
“‘TK’ was one of the first people who took me under his wing right away from the moment I got there,” McAvoy said, during an appearance on the “Cam & Strick Podcast”, according to NHL.com. “We still work out (in the summers). He’s just an unbelievable guy. Everybody (in St. Louis) is going to love him. … I’m still sad that he’s not on our team, honestly.”
Krug spent nine seasons with the Bruins, but left via a seven-year contract with the Blues back in October, when free agency opened.
Krug said he didn’t even receive an offer from Boston, despite collecting 337 points over 523 career games with the organization.
“It definitely doesn’t really feel real, showing up to training camp that he’s not going to be there,” McAvoy said of Krug. “(St. Louis) got a (really good) hockey player.
“He’s an unbelievably gifted defenseman, especially on the offensive side of the puck. He just sees the game so well. He’s going to make the Blues a very good hockey team.”
“I’m definitely excited to be where I am and with this team,” McAvoy said. “And I’m not really sure what’s going to happen. This is kind of like a weird place to be. I (haven’t) been in this position since I’ve been here where it kind of looks like we’re restructuring a little bit on the back end.”
Boston may also move on from Zdeno Chara, who is currently unsigned and undecided on his future.
“No one knows what’s going to happen to (Chara) and all that” McAvoy said. “But whatever the challenge is, I know that I’ll be ready for it.”