Chris Kelly has decisions as UFA next summer

BOSTON – Almost a year after the Ottawa Senators traded him to the Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly’s loving it in the Massachusetts capital.
Ottawa was the only NHL city he knew before moving to Boston. And he still hasn’t completely left. He still has a house in Kanata and during the summer you can find him working out at Scotiabank Place.
So it was a shock at first but he’s managed to get himself acclimatized.
“Obviously leaving the only place I knew was tough,” he said.
“With time I’ve learned to adjust and got to know the city fairly well, and I’ve obviously got to know the guys fairly well, so it’s been a great transition.”
Now, though, comes another pivotal moment in his career. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, one of four forwards the Bruins will have to make decisions about.
In addition to Kelly, who is making $2.125 million, there’s Gregory Campbell ($1.1 million), Shawn Thornton ($812,500), and Daniel Paille ($1.075 million).
The thought is that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli would like to re-sign Kelly. With their shared history in Ottawa, Chiarelli obviously knows Kelly well and likes his leadership abilities.
But does the 31-year-old Kelly carry too big a price tag? Maybe. But as Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray likes to say, Kelly is a player makes anyone he plays with better.
However, not only do the Bruins have to make a decision. So does Kelly. Is he content in Boston? Or is his heart still in Ottawa, if the Senators were to come calling?
“It is a tough question,” he said.
“Right now I’m happy in Boston, and my family’s happy here. We’ve got a great group of guys, a great team, a great coaching staff.
“I’ve been treated extremely well right from Day One.
“Right now I’m thinking about the present as opposed to the future. Who knows what the future will hold.
“All I know is that I’ve played for two great organizations and both have treated me extremely well.”

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