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Chris Kelly | Winger

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 198
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Chris Kelly, who is in Boston's camp competing for a job, is not 100% healthy yet.
He is still feeling residual effects of back surgery he underwent in May. That said, Kelly is trying not to let them slow him down. The Bruins need to shed some salary in order to sign unrestricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith and stay under the cap. Trading Kelly and his $3 million contract is one way to achieve that goal. It is not clear if Kelly's current health status will hinder the Bruins should they choose to move him. Sep 20 - 8:56 AM

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Chris Kelly is aware of the trade rumors surrounding him.

The Boston Bruins don't have much cap space left and still need to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. That's led to speculation that the Bruins will make a trade to help with their cap situation and Kelly's name is one that's been coming up in that context. "There's always going to be speculation," said Kelly. "There's been speculation my entire career. 'Where are you going to play? Who are you going to play with? Are you going to be here? Are you not going to be here?' You go crazy worrying about those things." Trading Kelly would save the Bruins $3 million in cap space for each of the next two seasons.
Sep 5 - 8:11 AM

Chris Kelly joined some Boston teammates and other Boston-area players on the ice for an informal skate on Tuesday.

He underwent off-season surgery to repair a herniated disc after being limited to 57 games during the regular season. Kelly missed the last three games of the year and the playoffs with a back injury. He was expected to be ready for training camp and it looks like he's on target for that.
Sep 3 - 9:17 AM

Chris Kelly's back surgery to repair a herniated disc was a success.

Kelly is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had nine goals and 18 points in 57 contests in 2013-14.
May 23 - 1:27 PM

Chris Kelly's recovery time from back surgery will be six to eight weeks.

He will undergo the procedure to repair a herniated disc in the coming weeks but should be recovered in order to participate in training camp without any restrictions barring any setbacks.
May 17 - 10:01 AM

Chris Kelly will probably undergo back surgery over the summer.

Kelly hasn't played since April 8 due to a herniated disc. "I was just trying to do everything I could to not have surgery in order to play," said Kelly. "Now that the season's done I'll probably go ahead and get it fixed. My back just seized up on me. A lot of muscle [pain] and it's a nerve thing, so it shoots right down my leg. Some days are better than others." Even if he undergoes surgery, he should be fine by the start of training camp.
May 16 - 6:55 PM

Chris Kelly could be viewed as expendable by the Bruins.

He has two years left on a contract that carries an annual average value of $3 million per year. Justin Florek and Matt Fraser showed they are capable of filling in at much lower costs and Carl Soderberg has proven to be a solid third-line center, but Kelly's versatility and leadership may keep him in the fold. Kelly also has a no-trade clause. It's unlikely that the Bruins would buy him out, but it's possible that he could be used as trade bait.
May 16 - 7:53 AM

Chris Kelly (back) hasn't skated since April 8, but coach Claude Julien had positive news about the Boston forward's progress.

"Chris Kelly has come along," Julien said. "Every day is a better day for him so that's basically all I can tell you about him." The Bruins have been using Justin Florek and more recently Daniel Paille in Kelly's place on the third line.
May 5 - 10:05 AM

Chris Kelly (back) still isn't skating, so he shouldn't be expected to return any time soon.

Kelly has not taken to the ice since he suffered a back injury on April 8 against Minnesota.
May 1 - 10:47 AM

Chris Kelly will likely be out of the Boston lineup for Friday's opening game of the playoffs.

He is still nursing a back injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday. Justin Florek skated for Kelly on the Bruins' third line during practice on Thursday and may suit up in his place Friday against Detroit. Consider Kelly day-to-day for now.
Apr 18 - 8:53 AM

Coach Claude Julien expects Chris Kelly (back) to be ready for the start of the playoffs.

He missed most of the third period on Tuesday night at Minnesota because of back spasms. Kelly probably shouldn't be expected to play in Boston's remaining two regular season contests.
Apr 11 - 7:23 AM

Chris Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

He was injured in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. "It's nothing major, but it's something that needs to be addressed," coach Claude Julien said. He's considered doubtful to play Thursday in Winnipeg.
Apr 10 - 9:43 AM

Chris Kelly potted an empty net goal in Boston's 5-2 win over Florida.

He has recorded just 13 points in 42 games this season, but he has three goals and two assists in his past eight outings.
Mar 10 - 9:42 AM

Chris Kelly logged 15:22 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

He was back in the fold after missing 22 games with a fractured fibula. Kelly started his return on the fourth line between Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell against Florida, but later in the game he ended up on the third unit between Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson.
Jan 29 - 8:13 AM

Chris Kelly (leg) has been activated from the injured reserve list.

Kelly hasn't played since Dec. 7 due to a fractured fibula. He has three goals and seven points in 29 games this season.
Jan 28 - 3:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Gregory Campbell
5Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Matt Fraser
4Daniel Paille
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Reilly Smith
3Chris Kelly
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Johnny Boychuk
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Adam McQuaid
7Matt Bartkowski
8Kevan Miller
G1Tuukka Rask
2Niklas Svedberg