The Bruins announced this morning that they have resigned both Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to contract extensions for one year at $1.4 million. Krug and Smith are already skating with the team again and will be expected to be ready for the rest of the preseason.
These are obviously bridge contracts for these two, which really makes sense. Both showed great things last season and surpassed expectations, and this contract offers them a chance to prove to the team that they’re worthy of long term teams for a bit more money.
Financially, for this year, this is great news for GM Peter Chiarelli who can now fit them under the cap. These deals absolutely help both the players as well as the team. There is a big list of players whose contracts will expire next year, but for now we are right back in the hunt with a healthy roster loaded with options.
There are still cuts to be made and, most likely, trades to be completed in order to get the team cap compliant with the best possible roster. But realistically, signing Smith and Krug was the last thing left on our “to-do” list and now we’re in good shape to get the season started. Great deals and great news for Bruins fans.