BOSTON — At around 10:30 p.m., Bruins PR let the media know there would be an announcement coming.
Twenty minutes later, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Boston acquired center Chris Kelly from Ottawa for a second-round pick. The Bruins have since confirmed the deal.
Kelly is on the books for this year and next at $2.125 million. He is a natural center and a left shot who should fit in as the third-line center with rookie Tyler Seguin shifted back out to the wing.
This season, Kelly has 23 points (12 goals) in 56 games. He has never scored more than 38 points, and that was way back in 2006-07, the year a loaded Ottawa team went all the way to the Stanley Cup final.
Kelly comes at a cheaper price than Mike Fisher, but obviously isn’t the same type of two-way player as Fisher.
The pick is Boston’s own second-rounder. They still own Minnesota’s from the Chuck Kobasew trade of last fall.