Chris Kelly was expected to suit up for his first game as a Boston Bruin against the New York Islanders Thursday night, but visa issues may force him to wait until Friday’s tilt against the Senators.
According to a Boston Globe report, Kelly hasn’t been able to join the team because of hang-ups with the cross-border paperwork.
The Bruins certainly seemed excited for his arrival. Coach Claude Julien praised Kelly’s gritty play and postseason experience, adding he was anxious to get the versatile centre into his lineup to see what he can do.
Boston captain Zdeno Chara was also looking forward to seeing his former Senators teammate suit up for Beantown.
“It’s a great addition. He’s a hard-working player, a smart player. He always plays his role well and gives us more depth in the middle,” Chara told the newspaper.
“He’s a very smart player. He’s always thinking on the ice before he does anything. That makes a big difference in crucial situations in a game. To have that poise and patience on the ice is always huge.’’