Now that Chris Kelly has officially (will not be “official” till July 1) signed a deal keeping him in Boston for the next four seasons it’s time to honor the fourth greatest Bruin in Bruins history (Orr, Bourque, Neely) with the seven days of Chris Kelly.
Over the course of the next seven days Bruins Daily will be recapping some of the best moments in Chris Kelly’s Bruins career to date.
Today on day 6 we revisit the trade that sent Chris Kelly to Boston.
The trade deadline was approaching and the Bruins needed some to moves to sure up the team offensively and defensively.
After a loss in Boston to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins announced a press conference shortly after the game. With the Leafs in town many thought this was to announce that the Bruins had finally acquired Tomas Kaberle from Toronto.
The press conference was to announce that the Bruins have acquired Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a second round draft pick, after the news broke many people around Boston asked who, and asked why?
Kelly had just 12 goals as a Senator prior to being sent to Boston.
Knowing Kelly and his talents from his days in Ottawa, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli spent weeks trying to get Kelly in Boston, but Ottawa wouldn’t ship him out of town for nothing other than a second round draft pick, something Chiarelli was not comfortable parting ways with.
Finally Chiarelli gave in and pulled the trigger on the deal. The move looked iffy at first for Chiarelli and the Bruins as Kelly scored just twice to finish up the season, but then the playoffs game and Kelly broke out as a key part of the Bruins capturing the Stanley Cup.