It’s been all speculation as to what the Bruins were going to do with Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, however their status in Boston has become official. This morning, it was announced that the Boston Bruins have decided to extend both Krug and Smith’s contract.
Bruins announce they’ve signed D Torey Krug to a 1-year, $3.4M extension, and F Reilly Smith to a 2-year, $6.85M extension.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 6, 2015
Krug, 23, will make $3.4 in his one-year extension, and Smith, 23, will make $3.425.
The Krug deal is deserving, as he has been a solid defenseman for the Bruins this season. He also has offensive elements to his game that are rarely found in current defenseman. Krug ranks second on the Bruins in points for defenseman, and leads all defenseman in goals.
The Bruins re-signed Krug last year to a $1.4M contract – although it was obvious he was deserving of more money. He proved it to be true, hence the $3.4M he will be making next season.
The Smith deal is unexpected however, as $3.425M seems a little steep for the forward who has been on a slight decline this season. He ranks 6th on the team in points, however it’s obvious that Smith’s success has a lot to do with the fact that he’s centered by Patrice Bergeron.
Both Krug and Smith deserved contract extensions, but you have to wonder if the extensions will cause further issues with the cap.
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