Patrice Bergeron reacts to Torey Krug leaving Bruins in NHL free agency

Patrice Bergeron reacts to Torey Krug leaving Bruins in free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Patrice Bergeron has played 16 seasons for the Boston Bruins, so he’s seen many players leave the organization via free agency, trades and retirement. 

However, it’s still difficult when a teammate and friend departs, especially when that player spent nearly a decade with the Bruins. 


Veteran defenseman Torey Krug left the Bruins in NHL free agency last week to sign a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues. It was a well-deserved deal for a player hitting unrestricted free agency for the first time.

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Krug’s absence on Boston’s blue line won’t just be felt on the ice, where he was a consistent offensive threat and played with the type of physicality/competitiveness that B’s fans adore. The 29-year-old defenseman also was a tremendous leader on and off the ice.

In a recent Q&A with Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, Bergeron touched on several offseason topics, including Krug’s departure in free agency.

“It’s always the same thing, especially when it’s a guy who’s been around for a while. You’re sad. You’re going to miss, first of all, the person,” Bergeron said of Krug leaving. “A lot of people are thinking, “Oh, a left-shot defenseman, a power-play guy,” all that stuff. I’m thinking more about the person and the friendship we’ve built. To lose that, that’s going to be hard. It’s no secret we’re going to miss him as a

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