WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins warms up before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
(SB Nation) - The Boston Bruins will be slightly hamstrung in the 2012 NHL free agency period, what with Tim Thomas' sudden decision to take 2012-13 off/retirement leaving a cap hit on the Bruins' books without a player on the ice to show for it. But that doesn't mean the Bruins will be completely silent: they signed both Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell to multi-year contracts on Monday, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Of the two, Kelly, who signed for four years and $12 million, is the bigger prize. The center played in 80 games for Boston in 2011-12, and netted 39 points, on 20 goals and 19 assists.
But Campbell, a hardy defender, is no slouch: his 18 points in 2011-12 for Boston were down from his 29 in 2010-11, but he was still a capable part of the B's back line. His deal is for three years and $4.8 million.