Call off the search party, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith have been found… and it seems all they were waiting for was a contract.
Bruins GM Peter Chairelli announced today that the Boston Bruins had signed defenseman Torey Krug and and winger Reilly Smith to one-year contracts, each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.
Obviously it’s about time this happened, and we should be thankful that it did. Did we really want another young NHL hopeful jetting off to the money league that is the KHL…? No, we didn’t. Whether it was just speculation, it’s still a tempting situation when someone’s waving a multi million dollar contract in your face. But who’d want to play in Russia anyway, right?
Both Krug and Smith participated in their first full seasons last year, and impressed greatly. Smith saw himself promoted from the 3rd line, to the 1st/2nd to play alongside Bergeron and Marchand and Krug might just be the next Erik Karlsson. Let’s hope. So as you can tell, it was pretty vital that the Bruins got these two signed.
Credit to both players for not holding out and wanting huge money/lengthy contracts, ultimately ending up with another team. If all goes well this season, I’m sure they’ll be rewarded. They want to win. The Bruins want to win. They belong there.
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