The Boston Bruins have signed Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to identical one year $1.4 million one year bridge contracts. Both are expected to report today for their physical assessments. This explains yesterdays demotion of Seth Griffith, who was making a good hard push for Smith's spot on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Krug's contract seems to be a modified contract with $900 thousand and $500 thousand signing bonus that could be pushed on to next years cap, making less money available for contracts next year.
This would also signal that the Bruins now have no Salary Cup space and by my count are just under $200 thousand dollars over the cap. In essence the have no cap space to sign Simon Gagne or Ville Leino. To become cap compliant they will have to move or waive a least one minor cost contract, an example would be Jordan Caron would be waived for $600 thousand. As I've stated on several occasions, the Bruins like to have $2-3 million in cap buffer most seasons and this would indicate perhaps a willingness to move an equal amount to achieve their buffer, so a trade may be likely or perhaps even pending. Trade candidates would seem to be defensemen as with the addition of Krug, the log jam at defense just got deeper. This puts Boychuk, McQuaid, Bartkowski, Miller and Warsofski on the bubble, however Warsofski is currently not included in the cap money so perhaps he can be discounted and returned to Providence. In addition, a forward competing for the open fourth line spot faces a no cap space area, how do they make room for a Spooner or Florek.
The Bruins now have skating for practice, 19 forwards, 10 defense men and 4 goalies with 3 players on the unable to skate list that includes Greg Campbell, Linus Arnesson and Anthony Camara.
How things Look:
Marchand/Bergeron/ R Smith
We'll keep you updated as the Madness Grows!
Until Next Time!