Grades for every big NHL free-agent signing: What Krug can do for the Blues

NHL free agency for 2020 is underway!

For each key signing, Emily Kaplan, Chris Peters and Greg Wyshynski will be assessing the player’s fit with his new team, weighing whether the terms of the contract make sense and serving up an overall grade.

We’ll be grading the most notable offseason signings below, so come back for updates as deals are completed throughout the fall.

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Terms: Seven years, $6.5 million average annual value

Where does he fit: Well, this was a shocker. At least to everyone not named Scottie Upshall, who predicted that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong would “do everything in his power to get Alex Pietrangelo back in the Blue Note this afternoon. But if not, expect a big play at the stud Torey Krug.”

The focus on the Blues was very much about unrestricted free agent Pietrangelo, and whether the St. Louis captain would end up re-signing with his team. Speculation was that the fate of Krug, another unrestricted free agent, hung in the balance until Pietrangelo made his decision.

Turns out everyone had it reversed.

The former Boston Bruins defenseman ended the Pietrangelo era in St. Louis on Friday with a seven-year, $6.5 million AAV contract. He joins Marco Scandella, Carl Gunnarsson and restricted free agent Vince Dunn on the left side of the Blues’ defense, although Justin Faulk can play both the right and left side, too.

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