|02.16.11 at 12:52 pm ET|
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk Bruins and NHL news. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Milbury indicated he likes the Bruins’ acquisition of Chris Kelly from the Senators. “I think the Bruins have made a wise decision to add to their depth and toughness,” he said. “In both cases, you can’t get enough of it, particularly when it comes time for playoff time.”
The Bruins reportedly have interest in Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. “He’s a quiet player,” Milbury said. “He’s efficient, he’s not a physical force, doesn’t have a big shot, moves it pretty well from the point. I didn’t mean to be too critical of him the last time we spoke. If I was, I stand somewhat corrected.”
Added Milbury: “This is a player that’s going to need to step it up in terms of intensity and commitment level if he does come to Boston. That’s how I see it.”
On Friday night, the Islanders sought revenge on the Penguins for previous hits by sparking a number of brawls. The NHL responded with suspensions and a $100,000 fine for the Islanders due to their inability to control their players. However, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said it didn’t go far enough.
“What happened on Long Island was unacceptable,” Milbury said. “Clearly, the league made that statement. We allow fighting because we like it. ‘¦ We like the manliness of it. We like the immediate retribution for a perceived slight to our teammates or to ourselves. We like it when guys stand up for themselves. And we like it that they’re willing to sacrifice and are they’ll go as far as dropping the gloves to do it.
“But it’s not supposed to be a tactic. We bristle when people come up from behind, because it crosses our sense of etiquette in the hockey world. We bristle a little bit more when it seems to be not a mano-a-mano retribution thing but almost a team-wide, orchestrated thing. And we really don’t like it ‘ and what happened on Long Island ‘ is when somebody is in a compromised position that the fighter continues to pummel his opponent. And not only that, once it’s over, he comes back to taunt him from the runway. All silly, and a black eye for the league.
“Fortunately, it’s an aberration. It doesn’t happen very often any more. But when you allow fighting, and you allow those emotions to vent, it’s difficult to control it. From time to time, you’ll see this stuff. As I said, fortunately it’s less frequent now.
“The league acted. Was it strong enough? You can debate that. You could certainly have an argument about whether it was forceful enough to make changes in behavior. But it was a strong and it was an immediate statement. I think everybody would grant that.”
As for Lemieux’s criticism, Milbury noted that Matt Cooke still is a member of the Penguins. “Pittsburgh is not a goody-two-shoes team,” he said. “They’re a snippy little bunch. They’re not shy when it comes to a hit when you’re vulnerable.”
|02.16.11 at 12:01 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins will be on a flight to New York Wednesday, but they first squeezed in a practice at Ristuccia Arena. Patrice Bergeron was not on the ice, nor was newly acquired center Chris Kelly. Coach Claude Julien said Bergeron was simply given a maintenance day, while B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that it would be unlikely that Kelly would be able to make it to Boston by Wednesday morning.
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|02.16.11 at 4:03 am ET|
Thanks to the awesome folks at the Bruins, here is the complete transcript of the press conference Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held Tuesday night following the trade of Chris Kelly:
So you’ve obviously seen the release. We’ve acquired Chris Kelly in a deal this evening in return for our own second round pick in this coming Entry Draft. Chris is a two-way center, he’s’¦ I don’t know if he’s 30 or 31, he’s a late-eighty [November 11, 1980]. He has a lot of playoff experience, very good on faceoffs, he’s a high character person. He plays both ways and he can’¦ we needed a centerman that is going to give us some depth. Chris can give us that and he can play up and down the lineup also. I’ve obviously had a connection to him in my time in Ottawa, and know him as a person. He’s a very good person, has good leadership characteristics. He’s under contract for next year, also. And we’re happy to have him in the organization. He’s going to help us.
On how important it was to get a player who wasn’t going to be just a rental’¦
When you go out into the market and there’s rentals, there’s good things and bad things to rentals. The bad thing is you don’t know if you’ll be able to resign them. So with Chris [Kelly], you have him for at least another year which is a good thing. His market price is set. And he’s a known commodity in the sense that I know him, our scouts know him, having seen him a lot in the East. There’s also good things to rentals, meaning contracts who are expiring so it gives you flexibility for the summer. But we think this is a good thing in light of we’re not’¦we have a lot of uncertainty with Marc Savard. So this helps us in that sense too. And he can play the wing too. He’s a smart player and a responsible player. He can play up the middle and he can play the wing. But he’s a natural centerman.
On if when the team lost Marc Savard, he had in his mind that he wanted to find another centerman or if he waited to see how things played out’¦
Well you look at all your’¦all of the options come up at once in your mind. So like oh we’ve got some young centermen, we’ve got whether it’s Tyler [Seguin], whether it’s Zach [Hamill], whether it’s Joe Colborne, those are three off the top of my head. You instantly’¦as a manager you know what the market is anyways so you automatically run through the couple of names in your head. You talk to your scouts, you see’¦we saw Zach play a bit. And actually I thought he did pretty well. And I think Tyler had a strong game in Detroit and he’s’¦the fact that Chris can play the wing also, his versatility is very helpful too. So he was available, he brought a good two-way game and he can make plays also and we felt that we had to make a move on him.
On if there is another move on the horizon’¦
Well I’ve been pretty public in saying I’d like to get a defenseman, so that’s still in the works.
On if the move for a defenseman is close’¦
Well I know there’s a lot of furor here today. But I’ve had discussions on a number of fronts and I’d say a couple of them are closer, but I don’t have anything imminent. Read the rest of this entry »
|02.16.11 at 12:30 am ET|
When the Bruins gave word late Tuesday night that they had an announcement coming, the logical place for one’s mind to wander to was the blue line. Instead, the team made a move to send its second-round pick for Senators center Chris Kelly. Here’s a brief introduction.
Draft: Third round, 94th overall in the 1999 draft by the Senators.
Contractual status: Has one year remaining on his current deal after this season, commands a $2.125 cap hit.
2010-11 stats: 57 games played, 11 goals, 12 assists, 33 points, minus-12.
WHAT HE BRINGS
— The Bruins are basically looking at another guy in that third line mix, with Peter Chiarelli even specifically mentioning the line. He averages 15:38 of ice time each night, which is around the likes of Blake Wheeler (15:13) and Michael Ryder (14:49). He is capable of playing both center and the wing, though Chiarelli called Kelly a “natural centerman.” Given how well he takes faceoffs, such a title makes sense. His 50.01 faceoff percentage puts him 51st in the league and second on the Bruins (Patrice Bergeron: 56.3).
Kelly doesn’t put an overwhelming number of shots on goal, as he has registered more than one shot on net in just one his last nine games. He also kills penalties.
WHY THEY MADE THE DEAL
Chiarelli liked the idea of getting a “known commodity” that wasn’t a rental player without having to move a roster player. A second-round pick ‘ which was their own and not that from the Wild ‘ wasn’t a major commodity to lose given that it should be toward the end of the round.
He also admitted that the move had to do with the uncertainty of Marc Savard going forward. The center’s future is in question after his fourth concussion caused the team to shut down the center for the season. While nobody will ever get Chris Kelly confused with Marc Savard, having another center under contract going into next season may make the predicament a little better.
|02.15.11 at 11:42 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference late Tuesday night following the team’s acquisition of Senators center Chris Kelly. Chiarelli spoke highly of Kelly, whom he knew from his days in the Ottawa front office, describing the 30-year-old as a “two-way center” with “lots of playoff experience” who could “play up and down the lineup.”
Still, the GM suggested there are more moves to be made.
“I’ve been pretty public with saying I’d like to get a defenseman. That’s still in the works,” said Chiarelli, who added there are nine defensemen the team is seriously considering. “I’ve had discussions on a number of fronts. I would say a couple of them are closer, but I don’t have anything imminent.”
When asked later by a reporter if he thinks he’ll make a trade for a defenseman, Chiarelli paused contemplatively and responded, “Yeah. Yeah, I think I will.”
Asked whether or not the next deal he makes will be a “home run,” Chiarelli responded, “I don’t think so. I think it will be a good deal. There are players out there, and I hope I can get it done.”
|02.15.11 at 11:05 pm ET|
The Bruins traded for Senators forward Chris Kelly, the team announced Tuesday night. The B’s will send their own second-round draft pick to Ottawa in the deal, and general manager Peter Chiarelli was expected to hold a press conference at around 11:15 p.m.
Kelly has 12 goals and 11 assists this season for 23 points in 56 games. He has a minus-11 rating and has averaged 15:38 of ice time per night.
The 30-year-old has another year remaining on his contract after this season and carries a $2.125 million cap hit.
|02.15.11 at 9:36 pm ET|
Kessel ‘ who entered Tuesday riding a streak of 14 straight games without a goal ‘ scored twice on the power play for the Leafs, while Grabovski had two of his own.
Paille, who was playing in his first game since being suspended four games for a blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, opened the scoring 8:04 into the first period thanks to an odd bounce off Mike Komisarek. The Leafs responded in the first period when Kessel batted a rebound past Tim Thomas with Zdeno Chara in the penalty box for boarding.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead in the second thanks to Grabovski’s strike, though the B’s came back with a power-play tally from Campbell and went ahead on Bergeron’s 20th goal of the season in the third period. Grabovski put the Leafs up for good at 18:59 with a wrist shot that beat Thomas.
With the loss, Thomas fell to 26-8-6 and has now allowed 15 goals in his last 10 periods. James Reimer got the win for the Leafs, improving to 7-4-1.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— Not only did Kessel score for the first time in 14 games, but he scored his first and second goals against his old team. Not counting Kessel’s shootout tally against the B’s on Dec. 4 (which does not count as an actual goal in the player’s stats), Kessel went without a goal in his first nine games against the Bruins since being traded to the Maple Leafs in September of 2009.
Both of Kessel’s goals came on the power play, so he was still a minus-2 on the night given that he was out there for Paille and Bergeron’s goals.