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

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.