Bruins sign Torey Krug, Reilly Smith – ESPN
Katie Strang | ESPN.com
With the 2014-15 season set to open next week, the cap-challenged Boston Bruins finally got their remaining two restricted free agents under contract.
The signings bring an end to lengthy contract stalemates for both players.
The St. Louis Blues came to terms with Jaden Schwartz and the Nashville Predators inked defenseman Ryan Ellis to a long-term deal last week, leaving Columbus’ Ryan Johansen the top restricted free agent who has yet to sign with his club.
Both Krug and Smith missed the first 11 days of training camp while working out new contracts. Due to salary-cap constraints, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has said since the end of last season that both players would have to accept bridge deals until the team had the money to give the players the pay raises they deserved.
The Bruins were prepared to play without Krug and Smith, and Chiarelli held his stance before the players agreed to one-year deals.
Now that both players are in the mix, it settles a few uncertainties for coach Claude Julien. Once Smith gets up to speed, he’ll likely return to his right-wing position on the team’s second line, joining center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand.
Krug will return to the blue line, where he quarterbacked the power play in his first full NHL season during 2013-14. He had 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 79 regular-season games.
Smith, also in his first full NHL season last year, recorded 20 goals and 31 assists for …read more