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Bruins keep key pieces Torey Krug and Reilly Smith

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:37:49 +0000

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Boston, MASS, United States (4E Sports) - Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli's goal of keeping the players from a fruitful season seems to be successful after defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith re-signed with the team.

The two young players both signed one-year deals worth $1.4 million each.

Although the Bruins are over the salary cap limit, the team boasts almost the same roster that had a successful run last year.

The Bruins are reportedly $3.6 million pass the limit but will get a relief of around $4 million once center Marc Savard is placed on the long-term injured list.

According to NHL.com, Krug and Smith did not want to mess up the team chemistry after a great run last season.

"We had such a close-knit team last year. It's a great organization here, so you don't want to push someone out. I'm glad that didn't have to happen," Smith said.

The 23-year-old was efficient last season with 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points.

Smith also jived in well with center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand.

Meanwhile, Krug helped the Bruins' power play and the team ranked third in the NHL.

He had 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points last season and he stood out in the playoffs with two goals and eight assists.

"Right now I'm just happy to be back and get through this season and make sure I do my job," Krug said.

Chiarelli really wanted to keep the two because of their youth which is good according to him.

"In the context of keeping them, yeah, these are two players that are good performers for us and they're young. Young legs are good in this business."

Krug and Smith will join a number of teammates who remained with the Bruins.

Coach Claude Julien said the process is great since they want to have a team that looks to contend for the Stanley Cup every season.

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