|Islanders beat Bruins in preseason contest||09.30.14 at 9:42 pm ET|
The Bruins came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period of Tuesday’s preseason game against the Islanders but ultimately fell, 5-3.
Boston first got on the board in the first period with a goal from Patrice Bergeron putting in his own rebound, but three straight goals from the Islanders gave them a 3-1 lead heading into the third. After Brad Marchand took a cross-checking penalty, Matt Bartkowski scored a shorthanded goal and Marchand took a pass from Loui Eriksson upon exiting the penalty box for a breakaway on which he tied the game. Cal Clutterbuck beat projected Providence backup goaltender Jeremy Smith to make it 4-3 with 3:09 remaining in the game. The Islanders got an empty-netter from Scott Mayfield with 1:11 to seal the victory.
Niklas Svedberg started the game for the Bruins, allowing one goal on eight shots. Smith took over halfway through the second and allowed two goals late in the second before settling down in the third.
Torey Krug and Reilly Smith did not play, but are expected to this weekend. The Bruins’ lineup for the game was as follows:
Lucic – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchand – Bergeron – Cunningham
Gagne – Soderberg – Fraser
Caron – Kelly – Robins
Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Boychuk
Bartkowski – McQuaid
The Bruins have two more preseason games remaining. They’ll play the Islanders in Connecticut on Friday before wrapping up the preseason Saturday evening against the Red Wings. The B’s will host the Flyers in their season-opener Oct. 8.
|David Pastrnak still not participating in full practice with Bruins||09.30.14 at 12:57 pm ET|
The Bruins held two practice sessions Tuesday at TD Garden in anticipation of Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Islanders.
Torey Krug and Reilly Smith took part in both sessions, though they are expected to be kept out of the lineup. They could get their first preseason action Friday in Connecticut.
David Pastrnak took part in the second session and will not play Tuesday. Though the team said that he is not officially cleared for full practice with the team, he is clearly taking contact, as was evident when he took a big hit from Kevan Miller Tuesday.
Anthony Camara (undisclosed), Linus Arnesson (groin) and Gregory Campbell (core) are all still out for the B’s.
|Bruins release Ville Leino from tryout, send Chris Breen to Providence||09.29.14 at 4:08 pm ET|
The Bruins released veteran forward Ville Leino from his tryout agreement and sent defenseman Chris Breen to Providence Monday.
After Monday’s practice, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Leino is weighing his options between trying to stay in the NHL or heading to Europe.
“I talked to Ville this morning in part because of Reilly [Smith] coming back and we had to cut down some numbers, too,” Chiarelli said. “So I spoke with him this morning and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do as far as NHL or European competition.”
Breen was signed this summer as a free agent after spending his first four professional seasons in the Flames organization.
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|Peter Chiarelli hopes to sign Torey Krug, Reilly Smith to fair extensions soon||09.29.14 at 1:30 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after signing Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to one-year deals Monday that he hopes to get extensions signed with the players soon.
Krug and Smith were both entry level free agents, meaning they were not eligible for arbitration and could not negotiate with other teams, so they were essentially forced to settle for the $1.4 million deals the cap-space-strapped Bruins gave them.
“Throughout the process I explained to them that we have some challenges here cap-wise and it was important for them to get in and play,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll try to bang out an extension as soon as we can because those are two kids, two young men, that we want to have in the mix. They missed a week and change but they both always are in pretty good shape.”
Both Krug and Smith expressed their preference to stay in Boston beyond this season. They’ll both be restricted free agents at season’s end if they are not signed by then.
“I want to be in Boston for as long as I can,” Krug said. “With this group of guys, you see the attitude in here and what it takes to win, and it’s something that I want to be a part of for as long as I can. Right now I’m just happy to be back and get through this season and make sure I do my job. I’ve never had an issue with having to prove myself again and I’ll try to do it again. We’ll see where it takes me.”
Both Smith and Krug were aware that their contracts for the coming season are less than they might be worth, but they both expressed optimism that they will eventually come to terms on fair value for their next contracts.
Said Chiarelli: “I explained to them throughout the process that these are two players we’d like to keep. Just please be patient with us and we’ll hammer away at it as soon as we can to try and keep these guys. So that means right away, on a one-year deal, right away you work at it and you can try and get something done. So, yeah. 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.”
The Bruins still need to trade someone — likely a defenseman – to be cap-compliant, but Chiarelli said Monday that he is not going to “force anything.”
|Bruins playing with fire with Reilly Smith, Torey Krug contracts||09.29.14 at 9:09 am ET|
The Bruins got two blossoming young players, one a power-play cog and the other a second-line right wing, to take one-year contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.
Yet when all is said and done – and admittedly, we don’t say this often around these parts – Monday’s signings may not end up in the ‘Advantage: Chiarelli’ column.
Both Smith and Krug had exactly no leverage. They were entry-level free agents (players who had reached the end of their entry level deals but hadn’t accrued enough NHL service time to qualify for restricted free agency), so they were only allowed to negotiate with one team. That team happened to only have $3.218 million in cap space, so the summer, as well as the first 11 days of training camp, served as a waiting game of sorts.
On Monday, the wait ended, and the players swallowed their pride and took what is essentially the hockey version of the franchise tag, but instead of getting big money, they got underpaid.
That’s great for the Bruins this season. They don’t have to trade Johnny Boychuk, which was the worst-case scenario all along, and they don’t have to trade Chris Kelly, who despite carrying a high cap hit ($3 million), makes the Bruins a better team in ways unquantifiable. They still have to trade someone to fill out their roster with their young forwards or Simon Gagne, but the savings required is now under $1 million.
With the one-year deals to Smith and Krug, however, the Bruins are asking for trouble going forward. They already have $49,897,857 against the salary cap committed to 10 players (Marc Savard not included) for the 2015-16 season, with some important players still unsigned past this season.
The big ones: Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg are both in the final year of their contracts before unrestricted free agency, while Smith and Krug can now be added to a restricted free agent class highlighted by Dougie Hamilton. Signing Hamilton to a multi-year deal that will eat up the early years of his prime is critical if they want to avoid the mistake the Canadiens made by giving P.K. Subban a bridge deal and then having to give him an eight-year, $72 million contract.
Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Adam McQuaid are also unrestricted free agents to be, while Jordan Caron, Justin Florek and Niklas Svedberg are set to become restricted free agents at season’s end. Peter Chiarelli has said he is going to trade a defenseman; McQuaid ($1.566 million cap hit) or Bartkowski ($1.25 million) would be enough to solve the Bruins’ cap situation for now.
If the Bruins had more cap space, the safe play would have been to give both Krug and Smith two- or three-year deals with cap hits of $2.5 million or more. With good seasons – Krug had 40 points last season and Smith raced out to 18 goals in the first 52 games of the season before getting sick during the Olympic break and being ineffective down the stretch of the regular season — both players could command even more than that next summer, but unlike these negotiations, they’ll be able to both file for arbitration and talk to other teams.
This isn’t so dissimilar from what happened when the Bruins signed Jarome Iginla last summer. Knowing cap space was tight, they bet on the current season by giving Iginla a deal that would see most of its money count against the next season in the form of a cap penalty. They got a great season out of Iginla, but ultimately were unable to sign him and ended up in the sticky situation in which they currently find themselves.
The Bruins are again betting on this season. Time will tell if it pays off or results in a messy offseason next summer that sees them lose more players.
|Bruins sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to 1-year contracts||09.29.14 at 8:22 am ET|
The Bruins announced Monday morning that they have signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.
The B’s, who entered training camp with $3.218 million in cap space, ultimately did not have to trade anyone in order to create more room to sign Smith and Krug, who were entry level free agents unable to negotiate with other teams.
Though getting the players to take low dollars is a financial win for the Bruins this season, it also presents a major risk to the B’s going forward. Both Smith and Krug will be restricted free agents at the end of the season and will have arbitration rights.
It also adds Smith and Krug to Boston’s list of players it needs to sign going forward. Both Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg will be unrestricted free agents at season’s end, while Dougie Hamilton, Smith and Krug are among the B’s restricted free agents-to-be.
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|Gregory Campbell questionable for start of season||09.28.14 at 5:37 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell was once again absent from practice for the Bruins Sunday, and with the clock ticking down to Oct. 8, Claude Julien admitted after practice that Campbell might not be ready for the opener.
Campbell, who has been out with a core injury, has yet to take the ice in training camp. He is part of a competition for fourth-line playing time, as he, Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner are all possibilities to center the fourth line. The team will consider him at wing if either of the young centers claim a job.
“I’d say right now it’s questionable,” Julien said of Campbell’s readiness. “Questionable means it could go either way, and I don’t know if he’ll be ready for that opener. From what I’m hearing, there’s a possibility he could be skating this week. That will be determined on how he progresses the next few days here.”
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