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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2014 10:23 pm
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The Boston Bruins signed a couple of players that played important roles last season.


The Bruins resolved their last two question marks of training camp Monday when they signed Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to one-year bridge contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.

The signings end the only two "holdouts" of the Peter Chiarelli era, and bring back into the fold a pair of talented players who had little leverage going into negotiations as Group 2 entry level restricted free agents. The team-friendly deals for both players could presumably allow the Bruins to start the season without making a trade (thanks to Marc Savard being placed on LTI), but it's likely Chiarelli will want to make at least one move to clear some cap space.

Krug's deal especially is a bargain for the B's, considering that he made roughly $1.75 million in salary and bonus money last season -- which makes this agreement, in essence, a pay cut -- and that restricted free-agent defenseman like Danny DeKeyser, Justin Scultz and Ryan Ellis signed richer contracts in the offseason.

Krug led all rookie D-men with 40 points last season, and finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting. Smith topped 20 goals and 50 points and established himself as a top-6 forward during a breakout season.

Krug and Smith were presumably uncomfortable with players like David Warsofsky and Simon Gagne playing in their spots now that the exhibition season has started, and probably were itching to sign after missing so much camp. The Bruins had all the leverage in negotiations and used it to get the players signed on what we can assume was very close to their terms.

One would now expect both players to do the same next season, when the leverage shoe in negotiations begins moving to the other foot.


Immediately after the signings the Bruins released Ville Leino from his professional tryout contract.