BOSTON (CBS) — Torey Krug is no longer a member of the Boston Bruins. The defenseman became a free agent on Friday and signed with the St. Louis Blues.

The 7-year contract is worth $45.5 million. The Bruins reportedly offered Krug a six-year, $39 million contract last season

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In a video conference with reporters after signing with the Blues, Krug said that offer came last season. He told reporters that he was not close to signing back with Boston.

“There was just no communication,” said Krug. “Nothing happened.”

Krug just finished the final year of a four-year, $21 million deal he signed with the Bruins in 2016. He had nine goals and 40 assists over 61 games, recording his fifth straight season with at least 40 points.

He initially signed with the Bruins as an undrafted free agent in 2012 following a stellar college career at Michigan State, and became a key part of Boston’s defensive corps and power play over his eight seasons with the Bruins.

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Krug was a big piece of the Bruins making the Stanley Cup Final in both 2013 and 2019. The 29-year-old is the NHL’s sixth-highest scoring defenseman since the start of the 2016 season with 212 points in 282 games.