Chiarelli's phenomenal season as the Bruins' GM continued yesterday as we learned that the team extended forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug. The Bruins effectively committed $11 million in salary and cap space for the two young players.
Why would you do this, Chiarelli? I understand that these deals give the players the confidence that is needed to excel, but don't you think that it may be a good idea to have them sweat it out a little bit? Make them feel like they need to play well in order to get an extension and a pay raise? The Bruins have notoriously done this with almost all of their players and it drives fans BANANAS. Not only does it make me personally crazier than Jack Nicholson in The Shining, but it also puts them in some serious cap jail. By overpaying players like Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, (Need I go on?) you effectively are not able to make trades at the deadline (I WANTED YANDLE) and create too much of a cushion for your players.
However, I am fine with the deal regarding Krug. On Friday, Torey Krug signed a 1-year, $3.4 million contract to remain with the Bruins through next season. At only 23-years-old, he has the potential to be a Top 4/6 defenseman and has improved every year. Krug's confidence seems to be through the roof and I am looking forward to seeing him in black and gold for hopefully years to come.
Now lets start talking about Reilly Smith. Smith isn't that bad of a player. He does everything good, but not great. At best, he is a 3rd liner who will probably score 15 goals a year. Not bad, right? Well, I guess so. He's a good player to have on your team until you look at the deal that he just signed. Reilly Smith was able to steal a 2-year, $3.425 million contract with the team to remain with Boston. Like I said, Smith is not a bad player. However, he is not a 20 goal scorer. Sure, he scored exactly 20 goals last year, but I could probably score 20 goals if I was on the same line as Patrice Bergeron and I've worn skates maybe 15 times in my entire life. Smith has 12 goals at this point in the season, so it doesn't look like he will hit 20 goals again. Just another fantastic deal by Pistol Pete Chiarelli.
The Bruins better do something this offseason because I'm not going to pay money to see Reilly Smith and Chris Kelly roll out on the first two lines every night.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS