Senators ship Kelly to Bruins for draft pick

The Ottawa Senators have traded centre Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins for a second round draft pick in 2011.

Senators ship Kelly to Bruins for draft pick


The Ottawa Senators have traded centre Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins for a second round draft pick in 2011.

Kelly is the second well-liked, long-tenured Senator to be shipped out of town in less than a week.

On Thursday, Mike Fisher was sent to the Nashville Predators for first and conditional third round draft picks.

General manager Bryan Murray lamented the fact he was giving up yet another of the team’s “character players,” but his actions indicate the team is committed to a major overhaul.

“These are difficult deals for myself to make, because Chris was such a good player when I coached and followed directions so well and to have to make the moves that we’re making are difficult, but that’s the way we have to go at this point in time,” he said following the Senators’ 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

Murray said that while players like Fisher and Kelly are often criticized for the amount of money they make to play non-starring roles, they’re the kinds of players other teams want.

Kelly was stoic as he faced the media after learning the news.

“It’s pretty tough to be traded, this is my first time, but these things happen, especially with the way things have gone this season,” he said.

“I spoke with (Bruins general manager) Peter Chiarelli and he seemed excited and I told him I was excited to get an opportunity to play in the postseason and an opportunity to go late, hopefully, in the playoffs.”

Kelly knew he could be on the way out after the Fisher deal.

Obviously to see a guy like Mike get traded, who’s been here for so long and to be moved, I think it really was an eye-opener that everyone could possibly be moved,” he explained.

Known primarily for his role as a defensive centre, Kelly was on pace for a career year in goal-scoring. He has 12 on the season to go with his 11 assists. This was his sixth full year with the team.

Ottawa fans won’t have to wait long to see Kelly again, however. The Bruins play a road game against the Islanders Thursday night, then fly straight to Ottawa for a game at Scotiabank Place Friday night.

“It’ll be a weird feeling coming out on the other side of the rink,” Kelly said. “Obviously Ottawa’s all I’ve known, I was drafted here, played my full NHL career, so it’ll be a bit different.”

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