Peter Chiarelli: Short Contracts To Motivate Torey Krug, Reilly Smith (Video)

Torey Krug and Reilly Smith have stepped up for the Boston Bruins this season, and both were rewarded with contract extensions Friday.

But despite the fact that the 23-year-olds are among the B’s top performers, Smith was given a two-year extension, while Krug was extended only one year. The reason? The two want to be better than they already are.

“Just young players that have played well for us, that project well. And we wanted to keep the extensions shorter for a couple of reasons,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“One, both feel like they can platform to higher levels. … So the shorter term gives us flexibility as far as seeing what they become, as far as moves in the future — not suggesting they’re going to be moved in the future. Shorter term gives them an opportunity.”

Hear more from Chiarelli in the video above.

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