For the first time in 6 years, Chris Kelly finds himself at an Ottawa Senators training camp. While many of the names and faces are new, Kelly finds a certain familiarity in wearing Red again in the Nation's Capital.
On being back in Ottawa to start a training camp:
A lot of the testing and the faces are still familiar but there are a lot of new faces, obviously a new coaching staff and a few new tests. I've been around the group for awhile now and guys have come in earlier so I've gotten to know a lot of them. It's actually made this day a little easier than maybe just coming in at the last minute and meeting your new teammates for the first time.
On looking down and seeing Sens colours on again:
I was Red for so many years and then to Black and Gold but it's pretty neat to look down and put that jersey on again.
On contributing on special teams this season:
I've killed penalties in the past when I was here before and in Boston so with experience you learn things, different systems and things that maybe work a little better than others. At the end of the day, whatever they ask me to do and where ever I can help out, that's ultimately what I want to do.
On the makeup of the roster going in to training camp:
For a lot of years the Sens were this young group but when you look around the room that's kind of changed. You still have some young players and some older players but you've got a good mix and a lot of guys that maybe seem young have experience. The makeup of the room looks really good to me.
On what he feels is a strength of the line-up:
I think the depth of the team looks promising. The top 6 has some experience playing with one another so there's some familiarity there and the bottom 6 has that too. I know I'm new but I've played with Chris Neil before and we have some chemistry there. Looking at the backend, they've been together now for a little while so that looks pretty good. The goaltending was great last year and hopefully that continues this year.
On returning after missing all but 11 games last year with an injury:
I think every year, regardless of injuries, you're always trying to prove yourself. You always want to get better and if you aren't getting better then I think you're going backwards and you'll quickly be out of the league. My job is to come in here and play the way I know I can play. I don't want to say "prove to people" but I'm confident in my abilities and confident in how I feel right now.