Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is returning to Ottawa on a one-year, $900,000 contract, the team announced Thursday.

The signing ends a tenure in Boston for Kelly that lasted parts of six seasons. Most notably, Kelly was a key contributor on the Bruins’ third line in 2011, which allowed the B’s to escape the first round against the Canadiens in a postseason that eventually saw them win the Stanley Cup.

After being acquired at the 2011 trade deadline for a second-round pick and winning with the team that season, Kelly was given an ‘A’ on his sweater and scored 20 goals in his first full season with the B’s in 2011-12. He then re-upped with Boston on a four-year contract that paid carried a $3 million average annual value, a contract that was often criticized as the player dealt with injuries and decreased offensive output as he aged into his mid-30s.

The Senators originally drafted Kelly 94th overall in the 1999 draft. He played his entire career with Ottawa prior to being moved to Boston.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

John-Michael Liles is back on a 1-year deal. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)David Backes in, Loui Eriksson out.



Bruins legend Ray Bourque issued a statement of apology after being sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation for his accident last month when he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bruins legend Ray Bourque issued a statement of apology after being sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation for his accident last month when he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bourque, who also had his license suspended for an additional 45 days — added to the 180 days for refusing a chemical test at the police station — acknowledged during his hearing in Lawrence District Court that there was sufficient evidence for a conviction.

“I am willingly complying with every directive issued by the court,” Bourque said in his statement. “I take full responsibility for my actions and I will not seek nor take any short cuts. I want to apologize to the young people that I bumped in the vehicle ahead of me. I am thankful that no one was hurt.

“I have always lived my life dedicated to doing the best I can for myself and those around me. I have always strived for perfection but as we all know, my actions a few weeks ago were far from perfect. I know that I have let my family, friends, fans, the community and myself down. I apologize to all of you. I am sorry.

“I have begun to take the steps necessary to live my life in a better way. As always, I will learn from my mistakes and I will continue to focus on the positive impact I can have in the community and for those around me.”

Bourque, 55, was driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV when he rear-ended a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by an 18-year-old woman in Andover late in the evening on June 24. According to the police report, a breathalyzer test showed Bourque’s blood-alcohol level at .249, well above the legal limit. Bourque also showed signs of impairment, including a smell of alcohol, slurred speech and poor performance in field sobriety tests.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred as the cars were entering a construction zone, although there was damage to the minivan.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Two of the Bruins’ top offensive prospects will not be in attendance next week when the team conducts its annual development camp.

Two of the Bruins’ top offensive prospects will not be in attendance next week when the team conducts its annual development camp.

Right wing Zach Senyshyn (mono) and center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (school, family and travel reasons) will both be absent. Senyshyn is best-known for being the player selected with the first of three picks (15th overall) that the Bruins received from the Flames in exchange for Dougie Hamilton at the 2015 draft. His selection was widely criticized given that he was a projected second- or third-round pick, but he helped alleviate fans’ concerns with a 45-goal performance in the OHL last season.

Goalie Zane McIntyre, meanwhile, will attend the camp for a seventh straight season. McIntyre turned pro last season, splitting time in Providence with Malcolm Subban.

Following is the roster for next week’s camp, which will be held at Ristuccia Arena for the final time before the team moves its practices to Brighton beginning in September.

Forwards: Jack Becker, Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Trent Frederic, Jesse Gabrielle, Danton Heinen, Cameron Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Sean Kuraly, Mark Naclerio, Oskar Steen

Defensemen: Brandon Carlo, Cameron Clarke, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Ryan Lindgren, Charlie McAvoy, Wiley Sherman, Jakob Zboril

Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar, Stephen Dhillon (invite basis)

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DJ Bean
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

[0:00:43] ... are trees Bergeron and David did you talk about the guys like. Mark Recchi was Jarome Iginla a shortfall in a Johnny boy chuck. Big misstep and that's part of the reason why they've missed the policies in the ...
[0:05:18] ... not stage a big reason why he wanted to side with. The Vancouver Canucks was the play with a fellow countrymen at each. That goes a long way they're very close. And they play well together ...
[0:08:06] ... controlled the play. It stops which states Uga guys like Dick raging Patrice Bergeron went in a massive percentage of pesos as they do. Used to how the plot more often than not you're gonna win ...
[0:12:43] ... wing on the top line I'll I'll play. You know wing with Patrice Bergeron like what ever this team needs to win the Stanley Cup I don't do that post wiretap. App that type of mentality ...






David Backes will be a fan-favorite in Boston, but the length of his contract isn't pretty. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)You are going to absolutely love David Backes. 



In addition to the signings of David Backes, John-Michael Liles and Anton Khudobin, the Bruins announced Friday that they had agreed to contracts with forwards Riley Nash and Tim Schaller while also re-signing defenseman Tommy Cross and forward Tyler Randell.

In addition to the signings of David Backes, John-Michael Liles and Anton Khudobin, the Bruins announced Friday that they had also agreed to contracts with defenseman Tommy Cross and forwards Tyler Randell, Tim Schaller and Riley Nash.

Nash’s deal is a two-year pact worth $900,000 annually. Originally taken 21st overall by the Oilers, the now 27-year-old center has played all 242 games of his NHL career with the Hurricanes. Last season, he scored nine goals and added 13 assists for 22 points in 64 games.

Cross, Randell and Schaller all received one-way, two-way deals worth $600,000 at the NHL level. The 35th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Cross played the first three NHL games of his career last season and also captained the Providence Bruins.

As for Randell, the feisty winger enjoyed a hilariously good and definitely unrepeatable 33.33 percent shooting percentage last season over his 27 games, as six of the 18 shots on goal with which he was credited went in the net.

Schaller, 25, played 17 games for the Sabres last season, scoring one goal and adding two assists for three points. In 35 career NHL games, Schaller has two goals, three assists and five points.

 

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DJ Bean