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Per the Boston Bruins twitter account (@NHLBruins), along with several other sources, the Boston Bruins have signed forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug to one-year contracts. The contracts are each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.
These are team friendly deals for the Bruins and allow Smith and Krug to join the team during the end of training camp. Both were expected to be signed, but the question was whether or not it would happen before the regular season started. These contracts were also signed without the Bruins making any trades.
Both Smith and Krug are key players for the Bruins as they are central parts of each power play unit. Smith is expected to re-join teammates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the second line. Krug's spot non the blue line is not known, but is a lock to be one of the top six.
These deals are good for the Bruins now, but if Smith and/or Krug have strong seasons as expected, they will cash in next summer as restricted free agents eligible for arbitration.
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