March 13th, 2013 by

Kelly out indefinitely; Spooner on the way?

Kelly out indefinitely; Spooner on the way?

Today the Bruins announced that forward Chris Kelly is out indefinitely due to a broken tibia thanks to a knee-to-knee collision with Senators forward Chris Neil in the Bruins 3-2 win Monday night in Ottawa. Kelly was off to a real slow start with the Bruins this season as the veteran forward had just two goals and four assists in 23 games.

Even though Kelly wasn’t producing offensively, the Bruins were relying on Kelly in other phases of the game. Kelly ranks third among Bruins forwards in Shorthanded Time on Ice. In the faceoff circle, Kelly is very important as well as No. 23 has won 60.6 percent of his face-offs this season.

Usually phenomenal in his own end, the 30-year old Kelly is a shocking minus-6 on the year.

As for a timetable for his return, it is hard to say. Most likely Kelly is done for the regular season, and maybe even the playoffs.  As Hockeybuzz’s Ty Anderson points out, Chuck Kobasew’s season was ended in 2007-08 and Andrew Ference missed 31 games in 2008-09 due to a broken tibia.

The Bruins will need to replace Chris Kelly somehow, and no offense to Jay Pandolfo, but Pandolfo just doesn’t won’t do it.

The Bruins will most likely look to their minor league affiliate in Providence and that very well could mean calling up Ryan Spooner.

Spooner leads the Providence Bruins with 41 points—10 goals—in 47 games. Spooner was previously called up earlier this year for the Bruins and was dressed for the Bruins in their 2-1 February 6, with over the Montreal Canadiens. Spooner only saw 5:29 of ice time.

With the Bruins set to host the Florida Panthers tomorrow night, expect some news to break rather soon on any possible call ups.

Share "Kelly out indefinitely; Spooner on the way?" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Daily News
Feb 27, 2 hours ago

Game Day Preview: Bruins at Devils

The Boston Bruins could not build momentum Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden dropping their seventh game in eight tries, 2-1. It looked promising from the start as Daniel Paille (yes, Daniel Paille) scored his second goal of th…

Feb 26, 18 hours ago

Throwback Thursday Top 10: Trade Deadline Edition

It’s that time of year again where General Managers across the National Hockey League make last minute phone calls in order to acquire some key pieces for a potential run to the Stanley Cup. Other GMs, whose season is a lost cause, would look t…

Feb 25, 2 days ago

Bruins salary cap situation won’t get any better

The thought of David Krejci going on long term injured reserve could have been a blessing in disguise for the Boston Bruins. After all, GM Peter Chiarelli only has $1.7 million of salary cap space to work with, thus they could have saved some more mo…