Blues’ Torey Krug didn’t let offseason trade rumors get to him

Jim Thomas

When last seen in May, veteran defenseman Torey Krug was limping off the ice in Game 3 of the Minnesota playoff series.

Midway through the first period of that game, Krug crashed into the boards trying to check the Wild’s Matt Boldy. Krug left the ice limping after his left knee bent awkwardly.

“I was just trying to play hard and obviously finish a check,” Krug recalled last week. “Playoff time, you think you got a guy in a vulnerable spot and you try to go through him. And he just turned at the last second and buckled my knee. So just an unlucky play, and I was on the unfortunate side of it.”

When last heard from — at least by coach Craig Berube — Krug was lobbying to get back in the lineup three weeks later for Game 6 of the second-round series against Colorado. But Berube would have none of it. He knew Krug wasn’t quite ready and didn’t want to risk it.

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“I came to him very last-minute trying to play,” Krug said. “You just want to get out there and help the team. I would’ve been in next game, but I put him in a tough spot.”

Fast forward to July and Krug’s name came up again but in a very different way. As the NHL’s free agency period approached, Krug was mentioned in potential trade rumors. It’s not…

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