The Bruins broke a three-game losing streak by turning on the offense against a pair of Islanders goaltenders in a 6-3 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. 

 

 Bruins forward Chris Kelly, acquired Tuesday night in a trade with the Senators, will not be available to play Thursday night against the Islanders due to immigration issues. Kelly, a Canadian citizen previously employed in Canada, will remain in Ottawa, where he will join the team Friday. 

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

 

According to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Bruins are close to a trade that would send four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston.

 

 

Dreger reports that the trade is not likely to happen on Thursday, but sources tell him that the deal is close and does not hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins. Cap flexibility is also a factor, and a secondary trade might be needed by the Bruins in order to create cap space.

 

 

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will see a new face in their lineup when Chris Kelly, acquired in a trade with Ottawa Tuesday night, joins the team for either Thursday or Friday's game. While Kelly will have nearly an entire Bruins dressing room full of new teammates, he will be reunited with B's captain Zdeno Chara, with whom he played in Ottawa in the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. Chara had high praise for is former teammate and the move that the team made to acquire him. 

 

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk Bruins and NHL news.

 

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."

 

Say what you will about the 2010-11 Boston Bruins, but consistency is something on which they have been able to pride themselves. 



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."

 

While the move addresses one area, the GM suggested there are more trades to be made.

 

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 seaosn and carries a $2.125 million cap hit. 

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 goals of his own.

 

According to Sportsnet.ca, Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle would be willing to accept a trade to the Bruins. In fact, Sportsnet is reporting that the defenseman, who has a no trade clause in his contract, has granted the Maple Leafs permission to discuss a deal with only Boston.