Bruins embarassed themselves against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight but it's ok. You know why?
Because Boston Bruins traded for motherfucking Chis Kelly. Suck on that, NHL. Bruins are going to win the Cup now!
Wait what... you mean Kelly's fourth line center on the Ottawa Senators depth chart? Fourth line center on a Senators team that's sucking something nasty this season?
In fairness, we thought Greg Campbell was a throw away name in the Wideman deal and he's been terrific. It just seems odd that the Bruins would bring in an annual 20-point scorer on a team that needs more than 20-points. But Chia says he's not done but not to expect a "grandslam" or a "home run." He really knows how to set the bar low so we don't slit our wrists tomorrow afternoon and toss ourselves into the Charles.
Bruins traded one of their second round picks for Kelly. Seems a bit steep but this whole trade deadline season has been nuts.
[Updated: 2/16/11, 10:00am]
We shot the crew over at The 6th Sens an email, asking about their opinion of Chris Kelly. Here's their response:
I guess the question you really have to ask yourself is whether or not you're comfortable with David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as your top two centers. Judging by your tone, I'll just assume that you're not.
Chris Kelly is not a toolsy player - you're simply not going to be overwhelmed with his speed, hands or physicality. He was a bit of a media darling in Ottawa and fans all too often heard about Kelly's intangibles like his hockey IQ, work ethic and leadership, so if you're one of those guys who believe that those two unquantifiable qualities will rub off on his teammates, that's good. Personally, I think that he's just a good third line center who can make some valuable contributions on the PK and can net 12 to 15 goals and 25-35 points per season. (Note: Goal totals are a bit inflated this year because he has 3 empty netters.) Considering that your Bruins have a the middle of the pack PK success rate, maybe that's an area that Chiarelli wanted to address?
A late second rounder seems like fair value for a decent center who adds more depth and quality to your roster. ~ Graeme Nichols
There you have it -- character player with strong PK skills which, after the last few games, is sorely needing some major help. Add a comment