Archive for February, 2011

Patrice Bergeron has maintenance day as Bruins practice

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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.

Here are how the color-coded lines looked.

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand – Mark Recchi

Blake Wheeler – Tyler Seguin – Michael Ryder

Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Check back for more following practice.

Peter Chiarelli transcript from Chris Kelly trade press conference

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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:

Opening Statement…

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. (more…)

Meet new Bruins forward Chris Kelly

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli thought highly of Chris Kelly based on their days in Ottawa. (AP)

THE SKINNY

Age: 30

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.

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Peter Chiarelli says Bruins will remain active in trade market

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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.”

Bruins trade for Chris Kelly

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Chris Kelly is now a Bruin. (AP)

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.

Phil Kessel, Mikhail Grabovski sink Bruins

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

With trade rumors surrounding the team, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski proved to be all the Maple Leafs needed on Tuesday night as they beat the Bruins, 4-3.

The Bruins received goals from Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron.

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.

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Bruins tied with Leafs entering third

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Bruins and Maple Leafs each tallied a goal for the second straight period Tuesday night, and the teams enter the third period tied, 2-2.

A Maple Leafs shot from the point bounced off a Bruins’ skate at around the hashmarks, and with Tim Thomas out of position, Mikhail Grbovski took advantage of an open net to give the Leafs their first lead of the night.

With Grabovski in the box for high-sticking later in the period, Brad Marchand fired a shot on James Reimer, with Gregory Campbell whacked the rebound into the net from out of mid-air to tie the game up.

The Bruins drew three penalties in the second period, the third of which they converted on. Dion Phaneuf went off for slashing Milan Lucic at 8:37, while some tougher play from Tyler Seguin in front of the Leafs’ net produced a Keith Aulie interference minor at 12:26. Grabovski went off for high-sticking Mark Stuart at 16:44.

David Krejci had multiple opportunities on Leafs netminder James Reimer in the period, but Reimer came up big, stuffing Krejci when he elected to shoot and Lucic when the center dished it.

Through two, the B’s have a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal.