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Chris Kelly | Center | #22

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (36) / 11/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 193
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 3 (94) / OTT
Contract: view contract details

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It looks like Chris Kelly will be testing the UFA waters.
Ottawa isn't looking to re-sign Kelly at this time, but the Senators might approach him again later in the summer if he's still available. He had five goals and 12 points in 82 games this season. His last contract was a one-year, $900,000 deal. Jun 15 - 1:33 PM

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Chris Kelly can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion intends to speak with Kelly about his future with the team this week, but he probably won't be back. Kelly played in all 82 games during the regular season, but he was limited to just two appearances in the playoffs.
May 29 - 4:44 PM

Chris Kelly will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Both Kelly and Colin White took the pre-game warmup, but head coach Guy Boucher decided to go with White. Jyrki Jokipakka, Chris Neil, Chris DiDomenico and Ben Harpur will also watch the game from the press box.
May 23 - 7:59 PM

Chris Kelly or Colin White might be in the lineup on Tuesday night for Game 6 against Pittsburgh.

Coach Guy Boucher has considered using White before and that may be where he lands after the pregame warmup. Kelly hasn't played since Apr. 21 against Boston back in Round 1 of the playoffs. The Senators may also decide to go with seven defensemen on Tuesday night.
May 23 - 12:41 PM

Chris Kelly will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the Rangers on Thursday.

Kelly has played in just one postseason game this spring. Frederik Claesson, Chris Neil, Colin White and Jyrki Jokipakka will also watch from the press box. Zack Smith will miss the game with an upper-body injury.
May 4 - 7:22 PM

Chris Kelly will be in the Senators' lineup for Game 5 Friday night.

Kelly will fill the void left by Tom Pyatt, who has an upper-body injury. Look for Kelly to play on a line with Clarke MacArthur and Zack Smith.
Apr 21 - 1:09 PM

The Ottawa Senators will scratch Chris Kelly for Game 2 against the Boston Bruins again.

Kelly almost made it into the lineup but Viktor Stalberg was able to dress for Game 2. Kelly is joined in the press box by Jyrki Jokipakka, Chris Neil, Frederik Claesson, Chris Di Domenico, Tommy Wingels, Ben Harpur, Colin White and Matt O'Connor.
Apr 15 - 3:12 PM

Chris Kelly is spending Game 1 on Wednesday in the press box.

That's particularly noteworthy given that Kelly was in for all 82 regular season contests. He had five goals and 12 points in 2016-17.
Apr 12 - 7:19 PM

Chris Kelly's scored a first period empty net goal in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

As the Stars controlled the puck on a delayed penalty, Jiri Hudler let a drop pass go by all of his teammates and into the empty net. Kelly got credited with his 5th goal as he was the last Senator to touch the puck before the Stars gained possession. Dion Phaneuf and Mark Stone also scored for the Sens in the win.
Feb 9 - 10:31 PM

Chris Kelly scored the game winning goal in a 4-2 victory of the Ottawa Senators over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.

Kelly’s goal came at the 18:54 mark and was quickly followed by an insurance goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau into an empty net. Ottawa held a two-goal advantage entering the second period—and then gave up two unanswered. Kelly spent only 12:08 minutes on ice to score just his second goal of the season with the first coming well back in mid-October.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 01:20:00 AM

Chris Kelly has mixed feelings about playing in his first game against the Boston Bruins.

"It'll be a little different," the 36-year-old noted. Kelly played nearly 300 games with the Bruins earlier in his career and he contributed in a meaningful way to the 2011 Stanley Cup champion team. With just 280 career points in 770 career NHL games, Kelly has no fantasy value unfortunately.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 07:18:00 PM

Chris Kelly notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-4 win over Arizona.

He logged a season-high 17:47 of ice time in the match. Kelly didn't have a point in his previous three matches with the Senators.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Chris Kelly has signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Kelly had two goals and no assists in 11 games with the Boston Bruins last season. The reason why he played so little in 2015-16 was because he suffered a fractured femur that ended his season on Nov. 3. For Kelly, this signing represents a return to the organization that originally drafted him back in 1999. "We are excited to welcome Chris back to Ottawa," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "In our evaluation of our roster we felt that we needed to add another player with the ability to succeed in close situations and on the penalty kill. Chris will be able to contribute to both of those while adding another accomplished leader to our group. He understands the type of commitment that is necessary to play at a championship level."
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Chris Kelly (leg) made some progress at Monday's practice, but he still doesn't appear to be close to returning to the lineup.

"It was a step (yesterday) in the right direction," said Kelly. "It's difficult to look past the next day. You just want to keep having better days than the previous one. With this injury, it's been baby steps, literally. It's too difficult to (talk about returning)." He hasn't played since Nov. 3 because of a fractured femur.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 09:54:00 AM

Chris Kelly (leg) joined his teammates for a skate on Tuesday.

"Every day gets better," Kelly said. "Just to get back out there for an optional morning skate was nice. I've been skating for a bit now by myself. It's nice to get out there with the guys, even if it was just an optional morning skate. They're baby steps, but they're steps. It's just part of the process." There is no timetable but he does hope to play again this season. Kelly suffered a fractured femur back on Nov. 3.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 07:28:00 AM

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C1Kyle Turris
2Derick Brassard
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Nate Thompson
5Colin White
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Clarke MacArthur
4Ryan Dzingel
5Nick Paul
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Tom Pyatt
5Christopher DiDomenico
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Cody Ceci
4Fredrik Claesson
5Mark Borowiecki
6Chris Wideman
7Thomas Chabot
8Ben Harpur
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon
3Andrew Hammond