Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly

Bruins trade draft pick to Ottawa for Chris Kelly
February 16, 2011, 4:06 am

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