Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell, both brought back in the mix earlier this week, stated they had no desire to reach July 1 as unrestricted free agents.
“There was no real decision other than to come back and be part of the Boston Bruins organization,” Kelly said during a conference call. “I knew I wanted to be back. They wanted to have me back. There’s no better feeling than that – to be wanted to come back to such a great organization.”
Kelly has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract. Kelly will officially sign the contract on July 1. It is the first day he will be eligible to do so because of tagging purposes as the Bruins rid themselves of expiring contracts.
Campbell signed a three-year, $4.8 million extension.
“My first priority going into free agency was to ultimately not even make it there,” Campbell said. “I wanted to re-sign with the Bruins. I have nothing but great memories with this team. As soon as I signed, I got text messages from every single player on the team. That exemplifies how close we are as a team.”
* GM Peter Chiarelli has yet to speak with Tim Thomas since the goalie made public his decision to take next year off. Via agent Bill Zito, Thomas has informed Chiarelli that nothing has changed.
* The Bruins have not decided whether to bring back Benoit Pouliot. The third-line winger will reach restricted status on July 1.