Monday, June 11, 2012

Breathe Easy, Kelly and Campbell Re-Signed by Bruins

 A week after Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli re-signed Daniel Paille and said the team would be parting ways with Joe Corvo, they have re-signed forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell.

Kelly, fresh off a 20-goal season, will remain in Boston for four years, making $12 million, and Cambpell, the Bruins "Merlot line" center for three years, making $4.8 million.

Money is going to be tight this season, with arguably the most hated man in Boston since Bucky Dent, Tim Thomas using up $5 million of salary cap space.  But the signing of Campbell will be huge for the Bruins' energy line.  He only had 16 points all of last season, but his impact in the corners is where he does his damage.  As for Kelly, at age 31, that was his first 20-goal season, and has found his place earning an alternate captain spot for the black and gold.

We're still a man down on the defensive depth chart, but with free agency just under three weeks away, things will get interesting.  We'll keep you posted right here.

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