Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly


Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly

By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON The Bruins have made their first move of the trade deadline season, and its an unexpected one.Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli shipped a second-round pick in the 2011draftto the Ottawa Senators his former team of employment for penalty killing, gritty and verstaile center Chris Kelly from the Senators."Chris is a two-way center with a lot of playoff experience," said Chiarelli. "He's a high character person. He plays both ways. We needed a centerman that's going to give us some depth. Chris can do that, and he can play up and down the lineup."I've obviously had a connection to him during my time in Ottawa. He's a good person and he's got very good leadership qualities. We have a lot of uncertainly with Marc Savard, so this helps us in that sense to. He can also play the wing, but he's a natural centerman."Kelly has 12 goals and 11 assists in 56 games, and is a minus-11 for the lowly Senators this season -- a team that the 30-year-old Kelly has spent six seasons with, and for whom has played a total of 36 playoff games with four goals and nine assists. Kelly has totalled 30 points four out of five NHL seasons and potted double-digit goals in each of his seasons with the Sens.Kelly isnt going to wow too many people as an offensive solution to Boston's problems, but he provides depth and may just be opening up Bostons options to deal another forward in a separate transaction for a defenseman. Blake Wheeler has been rumored to be part of a potentialpackage for Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle in any deal with the Toronto, so this trade is just the beginning of Boston's deadline deals.Kelly is under contract through next season at 2 million a season and will be an unrestricted free agent after next year. The Sens center found out about the deal after Tuesday night's game, and was excited about heading to Boston rather than playing out the string in Ottawa. "Ottawa GM Bryan Murray pulled me aside and mentioned that he had traded me to the Bruins, and wished me luck," said Kelly. "Obviously, the way the season has gone, it wasnt totally out of left field to be traded, but its obviously a shock whenever you get traded. "Theyre a great team. Im excited to be joining them. Theyre 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."Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy


Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.