The dismantling of the Ottawa Senators roster continued last night as the club shipped veteran center Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a second round draft pick.
This move comes less than a week after the Senators had dealt away center Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators.
Kelly, 30, had 12 goals and 23 points in 57 games with the Senators this season, with a plus-minus of -12. The latter stat however is more reflective of the caliber of the Senators roster this season as Kelly, who had played his entire NHL career with Ottawa, is considered a very good two-way forward who excels on the penalty kill and can play center or left wing.
The seven year NHL veteran has one season remaining on his current contract worth a cap hit of $2.125 million, which would make him affordable for the Bruins to retain next season.
He'll also be a good addition to the Bruins, who were seeking depth at center after losing Marc Savard for the season to post-concussion symptoms. It remains to be seen however how this move might impact trade discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the Bruins are believed interested in acquiring defenseman Tomas Kaberle from the Leafs.
Attention will now fall upon Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who is eligible for UFA status this summer. It's expected he could waive his "no-movement" clause for an opportunity to play for a contender.