St. Louis Blues: Would the Boston Bruins take back Torey Krug?

Torey Krug had his best statistical years with the Boston Bruins. This begs the question, would Krug and the Bruins welcome a reunion?
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Let’s be clear: St. Louis has a Torey Krug dilemma.

In order to fill the void left by former captain Alex Pietrangelo, the St. Louis Blues made the decision to sign Krug as his replacement.

In the eyes of most fans, he’s underperformed. Krug once put-up impressive numbers in several seasons in Boston but hasn’t replicated that success in St. Louis.

First, it’s important to note that he’s a quality player, but his name frequently appears in trade rumors and buyout talks.

GM Doug Armstrong obviously has his own doubts. He attempted to trade Krug at the beginning of the 2023-24 season but was blocked by Krug and his no-trade clause.

St. Louis Blues: Would Krug welcome a return to Boston?

If Armstrong is still willing and actively shopping Krug, he should consider the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins have ample cap space and could easily take the rest of Krug’s large contract (seven-year, $45.5 million).

Krug played nine seasons in Boston and was beloved by the fanbase. But most fans in St. Louis don’t feel the same way.

Would returning to Boston enable Krug to waive his no-trade clause? Although we do not have complete certainty, it's logically possible that this could be true.

Familiarity, especially a return to a place that not only liked you but proudly rooted for you, certainly helps. But more telling, Krug’s past success in Boston is a strong indicator that he could thrive there again.

Krug’s 35 points would have placed him second on the Boston Bruins this year for all defensemen. This alone proves the Bruins could use his services.

If Krug is traded, or an attempt to move him out of St. Louis occurs again, it’s not far-fetched to imagine a reunion with the Boston Bruins. Such a move could be beneficial for all parties involved.