The Bruins have acquired Chris Kelly from Ottawa for their own second-round pick in 2011. Kelly fills the need at No. 3 center the Bruins have had since Marc Savard went down on Jan. 22.
“He has a lot of playoff experience,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “He’s good on faceoffs. He’s a high-character person. He plays both ways. We needed a centerman that’s going to give us some depth. Chris gives us that. He can play up and down the lineup also.”
In 57 games, Kelly has 12 goals and 11 assists. According to capgeek.com, Kelly carries a $2.125 million annual hit. Kelly is under contract through 2011-12.
Kelly has been centering Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Neil on Ottawa’s energy line. Because of his acquisition, Tyler Seguin will move to the wing. Because of visa issues, Kelly may not be present for practice tomorrow. The Bruins are hoping Kelly will be available for the six-game road trip.
Chiarelli emphasized that he remains on the hunt for another defenseman. Chiarelli said there are currently nine defensemen on the Bruins’ board.