Reilly Smith’s Contract Situation With Boston Bruins Still Uncertain (Video) – NESN.com
Boston Bruins training camp has started and the preseason begins soon, but right winger Reilly Smith, who is holding out along with defenseman Torey Krug, is nowhere to be found.
The young duo saw their entry-level contracts expire at the end of last season and have yet to sign new ones.
The Bruins are close to $800,000 over the salary cap, according to CapGeek, and even with the aid they receive from Marc Savard’s long-term injury relief, they’ll still have difficulty retaining both players for the prices they want.
For the players currently in camp, they’re finding it hard to adjust to training without their linemates.
“It’s always good to have as much time at training camp to play with your line,” Brad Marchand said. “But that’s not something I can control.”
Because Smith and Krug are restricted free agents and because they played less than 10 NHL games in their first season, they don’t have any flexibility to negotiate with other teams and there’s a good chance they’ll return to the Bruins. When that happens, though, is uncertain.
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