For Chris Kelly, the move from Ottawa to Boston will be about more than just a playoff run with guys he’s logged a lot of minutes against. It will be about going from an arena that has grown achingly quiet of late to one where the only question about the volume of the crowd is how many times the officials will have to blow the whistle before he hears it. The Boston Garden is enjoying a long string of sell out crowds thanks to the interest generated by three years and counting of playoff appearances under Chiarelli.
Shrewd drafting and even shrewder trades have been the building blocks of the teams success. While free agency has yielded franchise corner stone Zdeno Chara and the injured Marc Savard, no one who’s currently part of the true ta;ent core of the Bruins roster was signed in the off season except those two. Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler are important complimentary pieces when playing at their best but not core players. Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart, David Krejci are all players who were drafted and developed by the Bruins. Some were here when the teams present general manager arrived, some were plucked out of the draft by him. Either way all were retained by him when others might have used a “new broom” approach and removed them. Mark Recchi, was acquired in trade, as was Steve Kampfer, and both have played their parts well.
Chris Kelly as yet another of Chiarelli’s ties to the Senators should know exactly what Peter, and Claude Juliem will expect of him. He comes in with a 12-11-23 -12 line, none of which is spectacular. When you compare his -12 to the teams -47 it shows he’s hardly the Senators worst defensive player. He’s got a faceoff win percentage just a shade over fifty, which puts him well ahead of Campbell, much less David Krejci. With 2:46 of his TOI per game being shorthanded and that being second on the Senators if he plays a similar slice of time in Boston it will free up Bergeron or Krejci for more offensive minutes on the powerplay or at even strength. One other item of note is that he’s been to the Stanley Cup Finals.
On 98.5 The SportsHub Peter Chiarrelli said that ideally, he’d like to add without subtracting. For this trade at least he has done just that. Just a few hours ago he said there was a list of nine defensemen they were interested in getting, I’m guess Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, and Duncan Keith are not judged available or realistic, but some of the names kicked about are interesting. Several of them would even fit under the cap without the Bruins having to send anyone back or as Bob McKenzie pointed out was an option send Seguin back to his OHL team.
If I had to guess who (if anyone) would be moved before the trade deadline from the Bruins, here’s my list in no particular order:
- Blake Wheeler
- Johnny Boychuck
- Mark Stuart
- Greg Campbell
- Daniel Paille
- One of several prospects