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Chris Kelly | Center | #22

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 193
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 3 (94) / OTT
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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." Jul 7 - 5:49 PM

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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.
Apr 5 - 9:54 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.
Mar 16 - 7:28 AM

Chris Kelly (leg) is skating before his teammates hit the ice for practices.

"It’s really hard to determine the exact date," coach Claude Julien said. "Having been out for four months, this is probably his fourth, fifth day of skating. You've got to give him a lot of time to get himself back in shape, but also everybody's got to make sure it's safe to go." Kelly suffered a fractured left femur in early November and he was given an initial timetable of 6-8 months.
Mar 7 - 9:42 AM

Chris Kelly (leg) did some footwork drills last weekend.

He sustained a broken femur back on Nov. 3 and was given a six-to-eight month recovery time.
Jan 27 - 3:18 PM

Chris Kelly (fractured femur) doesn't need to use crutches.

He had been using them since he suffered a broken left femur on Nov. 3. Kelly had his recovery time set at six-to-eight months after the injury.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 07:45:00 AM

Chris Kelly isn't thinking about retirement after suffering a fractured femur on Nov. 3.

"That's the furthest thing from my mind," Kelly said Thursday. "I think age, in my opinion, is just a mind-set. I felt great coming into camp this year. ... So I want to continue to play. I love the game. I love being around the guys. The guys have been great, and when you get an injury like this, you realize what a strong community the hockey world is. Lots of people reached out to me . . . so it was great to see." He got his staples out Tuesday and has been walking on crutches. There's a chance that Kelly could be back on the stationary bike by next week.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:40:00 AM

Chris Kelly's left femur was fractured on Tuesday night, surgery is scheduled for for tomorrow and recovery will be six-to-eight months.

In an awkward if not innocent looking moment by the Stars bench, Kelly tried to readjust to the puck while his left leg over-bent and it, well, fractured. It's questionable that Stars' forward Colton Sceviour even touched him to be honest. This almost assuredly ends Kelly's season, and considering he'll be UFA at age-35 with a cap hit of $3M as a fourth liner, this likely ends his Bruins career as well. An unfortunate turn of events for the Bruins' "Swiss Army Knife", as noted by Bruins announced Jack Edwards.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 09:45:00 PM

Chris Kelly has played well since moving up to the third line.

He scored a goal in Wednesday's 6-2 win over Colorado and helped bring some stability to a line with Jimmy Hayes and Ryan Spooner. "Kelly, there's no doubt his experience and his work ethic, and he makes everybody accountable on the line, too, so he's made everybody work that much harder," coach Claude Julien said. "And they were rewarded for their play."
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Chris Kelly says he feels bad about former GM Peter Chiarelli getting fired.

"It’s always difficult when you don’t do your job on the ice, and it affects other people losing their job," said Kelly. "Obviously I had Peter in Ottawa, and he brought me here to a great team, and I was able to win a Stanley Cup and have success here. I wasn’t surprised that he was quickly able to find a job somewhere else."
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 08:58:00 AM

Chris Kelly hasn't scored a goal in 26 consecutive contests.

He has recorded just seven goals in 79 games this season to go with 20 assists. Kelly has never been a prolific point producer, but he had 20 goals and 39 points in 82 contests with the Bruins in 2011-12.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Chris Kelly scored his seventh goal of the season Friday night in Boston's 5-2 loss to Vancouver.

It was a twisted wrister from the top of the circles that beat Ryan Miller through a screen, briefly giving Boston hope of a come back. Alas, it was not meant to be. Kelly put forth three shots, a block and a hit, while winning each of his draws during his 12:54 of ice time, including 2:30 on the kill. Kelly now has 25 points this season.
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 01:46:00 AM

Chris Kelly scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

Kelly tipped in a Carl Soderberg shot to give Boston a 2-1 lead. The puck came out of the net so quickly that the officials originally waved it off on the ice, but a quick review changed their minds. Kelly has six goals and 22 points in 48 games this season.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Chris Kelly notched a goal and an assist in Boston's 5-2 win over Detroit on Monday.

His five-game point streak ended last Saturday, but he got right back on track with his second multi-point effort in his past three appearances. Kelly has produced two goals and six helpers in his last seven outings.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:06:00 AM

Chris Kelly had his five-game scoring streak snapped Saturday night.

Going into action Saturday night against Columbus, Kelly had registered a point in five consecutive games, a career high. He has fit in nicely on a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, although the unit was terrible in the 6-2 to Blue Jackets Saturday taking a combined one shot on goal.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derick Brassard
2Kyle Turris
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Chris Kelly
6Curtis Lazar
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Clarke MacArthur
3Ryan Dzingel
4Nick Paul
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Chris Neil
4Buddy Robinson
5Michael Blunden
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Marc Methot
4Cody Ceci
5Mark Borowiecki
6Chris Wideman
7Fredrik Claesson
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond