Shortly after the Boston Bruins 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club had acquired center Chris Kelly
from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Boston’s own second round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
"He has a lot of playoff experience," said Chiarelli of Kelly. "He's very good on faceoffs and he’s a high character person.
"He plays both ways and...we needed a centerman that is going to give us some depth. Chris can give us that and he can play up-and-down the lineup also. I’ve obviously had a connection to him in my time in Ottawa.
"He’s under contract for next year," added Chiarelli. "We’re happy to have him in the organization.
"He’s going to help us."
Including Tuesday’s game against the Islanders, this season the 30-year-old Kelly has 12-11-23 totals in 57 games for the Senators.
In his career, Kelly has appeared in 462 NHL games, all with Ottawa, with 75-101-176 totals.
"He brings a real responsible game," said Chiarelli. "It doesn’t mean that he’s defense first because he’s good on the forecheck. He’s [also] got an element of energy to his game and hockey sense, so he combines both those things well.
"And there’s an element of accountability. I mean he’s been to the Stanley Cup final. He’s played a lot of playoff games. He’s played a lot of years in the league and he’s had success."
Kelly's best statistical season in Ottawa was 2006-07, when the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Finals. That season, the 6-foot, 190-pound native of Toronto, Ontario scored 15 goals, added 23 assists, and had a plus-minus rating of plus-28.
In the playoffs, he had 3-4-7 playoff totals in 20 games.
"They’re a great team," said Kelly via phone. "I’m excited to be joining them.
"They’re a hard-working team that has a great goalie, and great forwards.
"Hopefully I can find a spot there and help them whenever I can," he said.
Originally drafted by the Senators in the 3rd round (94th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Kelly played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights and Sudbury Wolves.
"When you get an opportunity to play for an "Original Six" [team], it’s something special," added Kelly. "To be playing for the Boston Bruins, it’s a great opportunity and something I’m excited to be part of."
Notes: The Bruins have Minnesota’s second round pick they received in their October 18, 2009 trade in which the B’s acquired Minnesota’s 2011 second rounder, Craig Weller and the draft rights to Alex Fallstrom for Chuck Kobasew.