Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly

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Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
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 jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly

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Backes, Pastrnak make their Bruins preseason debut tonight in Philly

The Bruins have announced their lineup for Saturday night’s preseason road game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center and it will include the exhibition schedule debuts of World Cup players David Backes and David Pastrnak.

Both forwards have been skating with the training camp group since Wednesday and will ramp things up after taking a couple of days to recharge following the tournament in Toronto.

Those two veterans, one of the older and one of the extremely younger variety, will mix in with the B’s group that’s been in camp for the past 10 days working out together and gaining chemistry on forward lines working together for two practice sessions each day at Warrior Ice Arena.

A number of B’s players will be back in the lineup on Saturday night after skating in Friday night’s 2-1 overtime win against the Red Wings including: Colby Cave, Seth Griffith, Danton Heinen, Joe Morrow and Riley Nash. 

Here’s the full Black and Gold lineup against the Broad Street Bullies with Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre getting the call in Philly with one of them most likely to get the entire game between the pipes a la Anton Khudobin in Detroit on Friday night: Backes, Chris Casto, Colby Cave, Tommy Cross, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Jesse Gabrielle, Seth Griffith, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Zane McIntyre, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Malcolm Subban and Jakub Zboril.

Talking points from Bruins' 2-1, overtime win in Detroit

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Talking points from Bruins' 2-1, overtime win in Detroit

GOLD STAR: Solid night’s work from Ryan Spooner, who finished with the OT game-winning strike and was solid throughout the game as the de facto No. 1 center. He had four shots on net, six generated shot attempts and won 12-of-19 face offs as he continues to improve in that area while training camp rolls along. Spooner is trying to hold onto the No. 3 center spot in the lineup despite the addition of David Backes via free agency, and Friday night’s big boy performance with speed, playmaking and skill showed exactly what his potential can be when he puts it all together. It was also a nice little bounce-back from an up-and-down game on Wednesday night against the same Detroit team when he struggled in the face off circle and was part of a team-wide malaise.

BLACK EYE: It wasn’t necessarily a bad night for Brian Ferlin, but it was more of the invisible variety with just a registered hit and one face-off taken in 13 minutes of ice time. The forward earned some NHL time with the Bruins a couple of years, has battled concussion woes over the last year plus and is trying to push his way back into the crowded forward picture during this training camp. While he certainly showed some toughness and skill around the net a couple of years and didn’t seem shy about going there on Friday night, the results just weren’t there and Ferlin didn’t have much of a presence in the game. In general it was a pretty decent performance for the Bruins, so Ferlin’s game was quiet more than problematic.

TURNING POINT: Credit the Bruins coaching staff for switching up the lines in the third period, and that sparked the offense a bit after zero goals through the first 40 minutes against Detroit. Zach Senyshyn was moved with Danton Heinen and Riley Nash, and they became a threat in the third period before Heinen broke through for the game-tying goal from his knees. That score allowed the B’s to push things into overtime, and then Spooner made it a quick extra session by snapping home a shot from the slot after a good effort from Joe Morrow down low. It all was made possible by the adjustment to the lines that took place between the second and the third periods.

HONORABLE MENTION: Joe Morrow is battling to hold onto his NHL roster spot with the Bruins, and that is absolutely underscored by the news that Christian Ehrhoff is being brought to Boston on a PTO. So it was expected that the young D-man would come out with something a little extra after a mediocre performance in his preseason debut, and the left shot D-man was an impact player in the win for the Black and Gold. Morrow dropped the gloves with young tough guy Givani Smith in the second period as part of a B’s group that played with a little bit of an edge on Friday night, and then he won a battle down low in overtime to set up the Ryan Spooner game-winner. Morrow had two hits, two shot attempts, the assist and the fight in 19:48 of ice time, and showed that he’s ready to battle in camp to hold onto his spot.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of goals in two preseason games thus far for Danton Heinen, who scored important game-tying goals in both instances in the shootout loss to the Blue Jackets and Friday night’s overtime win against the Wings.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0 [on Wednesday night], I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about it, and we expect a better effort for sure.” –Ryan Spooner on Friday morning prior to going out and snatching the win away from the Red Wings in Detroit with an OT game-winner.