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Breaking; Bruins trade 2nd round pick for Chris Kelly

February 15, 2011

After numerous hinting by Cam Neely on the radio this afternoon, the Bruins completed a trade tonight, acquiring Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second round pick. Peter Chiarelli told reporters to stick around after the Bruins 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, indicating a trade had just went down.

After some twitter whispers pointed to a potential deal for Tomas Kaberle was dispelled, at least for the time being, the Bruins instead added a centerman and didn’t lose anyone off the active roster. Kelly, 30, has played five seasons in Ottawa, accumulating 153 points in 406 games and plays much in the vein of Gregory Campbell. So why would the Bruins add another centerman when they have needs for a defenseman and goal-scorer? Clearly they think that Tyler Seguin won’t be able to cut it down the stretch as the games get more physical and more crucial. That’s not a knock on Seguin, the kid is 18 after all, but it serves as further depth at forward and some increased grittiness. Expect to see Seguin at wing a lot not. Kelly has also played some wing before so the third and fourth lines could have some interchangeable parts.

Clearly Kelly isn’t the blockbuster kind of deal that has been hyped over the course of the day but it is a precursor to what should be a busy few weeks for the Bruins. This move indicates to me that the Bruins are more than willing to move a winger, probably Blake Wheeler. Kelly’s arrival means Seguin moves to wing, which essentially means that one winger will be without a roster spot. Now unless Daniel Paille gets cut or something, we could very well see a Bruins winger move very soon.

A lot have speculated that Wheeler could be in a trade along with a first round pick in exchange for Tomas Kaberle. It could take more than that for a rental of Kaberle, but I don’t think that’s very far off. Get strapped in for an interesting few weeks.

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