Sunday afternoon TSN in Canada was reporting that the Bruins were on the verge of signing forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell to multi-year deals. Today those reports were made official.
Campbell’s deal is for three years, and is worth $4.8 Million with an average cap hit of $1.6 Million per season.
Campbell has been the perfect fourth liner for the Bruins since the Bruins acquired him as a “throw-in” in the deal that sent defensemen Dennis Wideman to the Florida Panthers for Campbell and forward Nathan Horton prior to the 2011-12 season.
Campbell has appeared in 158 regular season games in the past two years tallying 21 goals and chipping in with 24 assists.
In a move that I did not think would happen, the Bruins resigned Chris Kelly. The 31-year old Kelly gets a three year deal worth $12 Million and hits the Bruins with a cap hit of $3 Million each season.
Kelly was acquired by the Bruins during last years trade deadline in exchange for a second round draft pick. Kelly struggled for the Bruins after the trade, but settled down nicely in the playoffs en route to helping the Bruins capture Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Kelly has appeared in 106 regular season games for the B’s scoring 22 times and adding 22 assists. Kelly’s 20 goals and 39 points this past season are career highs.
Heading into the offseason I didn’t expect Kelly or Campbell to be back with the Bruins, obviously I was wrong. Three years for Campbell is a bit much in my opinion as guys like Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner will be looking for roster spots in the next two seasons.
You could sign Kelly to a 17 year deal worth $15 Million each season and I wouldn’t mind it, okay I’m joking. At 31 you knew Kelly would be seeking a long term deal in what may be his final multi-year deal so to give him four years is ay okay in my book. Coming off a career year Kelly may have been able to get more money elsewhere, but it’s obvious he enjoys it here in Boston.
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