The night started with wild speculation around the Hub of Hockey that the Bruins were working on a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs to bring in puck-moving defenseman Tomas Kaberle, but at the end of the night it would be Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators that would be making the move to Boston. The Bruins announced on Tuesday night that they have added center Chris Kelly in a trade with the Senators. The Bruins sent their own 2011 second round pick up north to Ottawa in this deal in exchange for the 30-year old forward.
Kelly is considered to be a two-way forward, who has the ability to play both center and left wing. Kelly has 23 points (12-11-23) in 57 games for Ottawa this season.
Kelly currently makes $2 million ($2.125 million cap hit) and has one year left on his contract after this season.
Obviously, this isn't the big blockbuster deal that Bruins fans were hoping for, but it is depth move that improves the team without making a major subtraction. The biggest upside of this deal is Kelly's ability on the penalty kill, something that the Bruins have struggled with lately.
Nov 11, 1980