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Krug, Smith sign with Bruins


You can scratch two more names off the restricted free agents list.

The Boston Bruins announced new one-year deals for defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith Monday.

According to the release, the deals are identical carrying a cap hit of $1.4 million.

With the signings, the Bruins now have $418,000 of cap space remaining per The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. This of course includes the relief they get from Marc Savard remaining on long term injured reserve.

Krug, 23, actually ends up taking a pay cut in the deal as he made roughly $1.75 million last season according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.  TSN’s Aaron Ward reports Krug’s deal is worth $900,000 with a $100,000 signing bonus.

Krug had 14 goals and 40 points in 79 games during his rookie season with the Bruins in 2013-14. He became just the fifth rookie in franchise history to score 10 or more goals in his first season.

In his first full season with the Bruins, Smith who earned $2.7 million over three years on his entry-level deal, scored 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games in 2013-14.  The Bruins acquired Smith in July 2013 from the Dallas along with Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow in the deal which saw Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button go to the Stars.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is going to be a busy man next summer. In addition to Smith, Krug and Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron, Justin Florek and Niklas Svedberg will become restricted free agents following the 2014-15 season.

That’s on top of Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Carl Soderberg, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille becoming unrestricted free agents.

Smith and Krug coupled with Jaden Schwartz leaving money on the table in St. Louis  certainly can’t help the case of Columbus Blue Jackets’ holdout Ryan Johansen.

Nashville also inked restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Ellis on Thursday.

Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars along with Johansen are also among the notable restricted free agents still awaiting new deals.

Stars’ Peverley can work out, but isn’t allowed to skate yet

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If Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley manages to return to from his frightening March collapse, it sounds like he’ll need to take his rehab step-by-step.

The Dallas Morning News passes along word from GM James Nill that Peverley is allowed to work out, but not skate just yet.

“He’s cleared to work out, but not cleared to go on the ice yet,” Nill told the Dallas Morning News. “He has to go to a cardiologist to be tested, and there’s no timeline on that right now.”

Much like the Philadelphia Flyers with Kimmo Timonen’s blood clot concerns, the Stars are understandably taking a cautious approach with the 32-year-old forward, who dealt with other cardiac issues before that scary moment.

(In case you’re wondering, Nill said he’s “not sure” if there will be a point where doctors just tell Peverley to shut his comeback attempts down.)

The versatile center seems aware that this is going to a process that might include some bumps in the road.

“It’s a process, and there are a lot of steps,” Peverley told the Dallas Morning-News back in June. “I’m trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens. If I can play, that will be great.

“If I can’t, then I’ll deal with that at that time.”

Peverley has one year remaining on his current contract, which carries a $3.25 million cap hit.

Peverley upbeat about recovery, but future’s still uncertain

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As of last Thursday, it has been four months since Rich Peverley collapsed while on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets because of a cardiac event. That led to him having a corrective procedure on his heart and since then he’s been cautiously rehabbing with the goal of continuing his NHL career.

He feels the process is going really well, but it’s not to the point yet where he can make a prediction about his future.

“I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen, but I’m hoping to play and it’s got to be under the right circumstances,” Peverley told The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas, per NHL.com.

Peverley is still on medication to control his heartbeat, but he thinks the next step in his recovery will be to discontinue that. From there they’ll be able to see how his heart responds to him exercising. If that goes well, then he will still need to take other steps before he’s cleared to play.

“I think I’m lucky to be here and you definitely don’t take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they’re the most important thing in the world,” he said. “I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances. There is a chapter after hockey if that’s the road we go down.

“But we’ll wait and see what happens. I’m just excited to see where it’s going to take me next.”

Spezza: ‘I’m just a piece to the puzzle’ in Dallas

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Jason Spezza’s arrival in Dallas has brought something to Texas that hasn’t been around in some time: Dreams of winning the Stanley Cup.

Today, Spezza met with Dallas media for the first time and he’s excited for what they’ve got going on there as Steve Hunt of NHL.com shared.

“I’m just a piece to the puzzle,” Spezza said. “You have to be willing to be that in order to win in this League. I think it’s a great fit, and to have the young group and some of the young stars they have, you don’t see that very often and you hope to kind of grow with the group.”

The puzzle they’re working with in Dallas is an impressive one.

The Stars already had Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin locked into place and they added Spezza’s Ottawa Senators teammate Ales Hemsky via free agency. Throw in last season’s rookie sensation Valeri Nichushkin as well as veterans like Shawn Horcoff, Vernon Fiddler, Erik Cole, and Rich Peverley and you’ve got a group that’s got equal part young talent and veteran know-how. Peverley and Cole’s Stanley Cup-winning past doesn’t hurt either.

The Stars were viewed as one of the teams that “won” the summer with the moves they’ve made. If their crew of young defense, all of which GM Jim Nill loves, can come together and Kari Lehtonen repeats his success of last season, the Stars will be a dangerous team.

The stars are out: Presenters, performers announced for NHL Awards

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It’s going to be the last big show to mark the 2013-14 National Hockey League season.

On Wednesday, the league announced its lineup of presenters and performers for the NHL Awards, which take place Tuesday, June 24 in Las Vegas and broadcast on NBCSN.

From the NHL:

Current and former NHLers P.K. Subban, Chris Pronger, Rich Peverley, Danny DeKeyser, Michael Peca and Luc Robitaille will present alongside notable hockey fans David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The Butler”), Retta (“Parks and Recreation”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) and David Walton (“About a Boy”). Longtime hockey fans Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties”), Susan Sarandon (“Tammy”), James Lipton (“Insider the Actor’s Studio”), Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”) and Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”) also will be featured during the broadcast in pre-taped segments.

On the heels of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, members of the Kings, including forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, will make a special appearance with the iconic trophy.

The broadcast also will feature a special performance from platinum recording artist Phillip Phillips. The award-winning DJ Steve Porter, known for his sports remixes, will entertain the audience throughout the show.