Defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith were back on the ice Monday after signing matching one-year, $1.4 million deals to stay with the Boston Bruins.
After missing all of training camp and the team’s first four preseason games, Krug and Smith were glad to return.
“It helps us a lot,” Krug said. “I’m very happy with how things worked out.”
The communication between both parties was key throughout the process, and in the end, the Bruins organization used the team’s status as a Stanley Cup contender as a bargaining chip.
“Some players have to understand that maybe they can get more money somewhere else, but they’d rather play in this environment hopefully on a winning team,” head coach Claude Julien said. “They’re willing to suck it up a little bit for the sake of everybody.”
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