Chiarelli on Kelly, Campbell: 'They are glue guys'

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Chiarelli on Kelly, Campbell: 'They are glue guys'

The Bruins finally announced what had been almost a week in the making: Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly are both coming back to Boston with long-term deals. Now, nearly their entire squad from last season will be back.

Campbells deal is for three years and 1.6 million per season while Kelly will net a four-year deal worth 12 million that cant officially be signed until July due to payroll tagging issues within the salary cap.

"They are glue guys," said bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "Both players expressed high interest in staying with the Bruins, and we were able to find a way to make it work with them. Given the lack of center depth out on the open market I think it goes without saying that both players bypassed better deals in free agency to stay with the organization.

These are guys that can play and are responsible players, but they also have that character and that drive. They have that. To make little sacrifices in where they play and the way that they play and to check your ego . . . its not a magical formula. Its just a matter of finding those kinds of players. Bringing these guys in was a really good fit for the team, and its an even better fit for the future.

Kelly reached 20 goals for the first time in his career with the Bruins in 2011-12 and solidified himself as a dependable, responsible third line center on a Cup caliber team with the Black and Gold. He finished among the NHLs top 10 in plusminus and also was one among several hand-picked players Claude Julien would routinely choose for duty when closing out the last few minutes of close games.

"There was no real decision other than to come back and be part of the Bruins organization," said Kelly. "Chiarelli knew that I wanted to come back and I knew that they wanted to have me back. Theres no better feeling than to be wanted, and to come back to such a great organization.

The Bruins are the definition of a team. They have a chance to be successful for a lot of years. Thats why I wanted back.

Campbell was a key member of Bostons Merlot Line during their run to the Stanley Cup, and has formed with Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille to give Boston a fourth line thats become increasingly important in the NHL.

"Were a line that is valued and thats a rare thing in the NHL," Campbell said. "I think the importance of depth and a fourth line is something thats really come to light in the last few years. When you see the teams that have won, theyre teams that have relied on their whole lineup. Our role is different from other players and its not as glamorous. But thats what I like about Boston. Were appreciated for everything that we do and we just try to contribute in any way possible."

With a salary cap that could reach as high as 70.3 million next season, the Bruins have slightly less than 6 million in salary cap space with a number figured in for either Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton as the sixth defenseman.

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Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

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Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

DORCHESTER –Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke last weekend of the need for big winger Jimmy Hayes to step up next season if Loui Eriksson should indeed depart via free agency.

“I think Jimmy had a pretty good start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most. He should take some responsibility for that,” said Sweeney. “We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player. He played a lot with Ryan Spooner.

“I have to put ownership on Jimmy in terms of saying ‘Hey, I have to take more responsibility. It’s not just about finishing and scoring goals.’ He has the capacity to do that. He gets power play time and net-front time, and he needs to get to the hard areas of the ice with more consistency. It’s an area that he needs to continue to improve upon. We as an organization feel that we need to have players that are driven to get better.”

Hayes heard that loud and clear just as he received the same message during exit interviews with the Bruins back in April, and knows that he needs to simply put more into next season.

Hayes’ numbers dropped from the previous season with the Florida Panthers, and he finished with 13 goals, 29 points and a minus-12 while going through long stretches where he completely disappeared on the ice. That’s a difficult thing for a 6-foot-6 forward to do, but Hayes managed while going weeks at a time without scoring and failing to play the big man’s game around the net on most nights.

The 26-year-old Hayes knows that needs to change for both his personal benefit and for the well-being of the Black and Gold this upcoming season.

“It’s definitely something that’s going to motivate me beyond just already motivating myself [this summer]. We had our own discussions [during exit interviews], and I know I’ve got to bounce back and have a strong season,” said Hayes. “I need to make sure I help my team win, and that’s what it’s all about. I want to be consistent and available every night to try get two points for our team, and get us as an organization back where we want to be.

“We just talked about how the season went, and we were really up-front with each other. We just want to continue to get better and more consistent, and get better through the season rather than have these spurts where you’re putting up numbers. And if you’re not scoring then you’ve got to find other ways to help the team win, and get to those areas where you’re going to get rewarded for going to those hard areas on a consistent basis.”

This isn’t the first time that Hayes has said all the right things about turning around his game, and really, truly living up to the hope he could be a big-bodied factor down low for the Black and Gold tipping, redirecting, screening and shoveling home rebounded pucks from areas all around the front of the net.