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Not long after the ugly 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli completed a trade for Ottawa Senators center Chris Kelly. The Bruins will trade their 2nd round draft choice in 2011.
“He has a lot of playoff experience,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “He’s good on faceoffs. He’s a high-character person. He plays both ways. We needed a centerman that’s going to give us some depth. Chris gives us that. He can play up and down the lineup also.”
Kelly, who has 12 goals and 11 assists in 57 games this season, will fill in as the team’s third line center, replacing the injured Marc Savard. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci man the first two lines, while Gregory Campbell will center the fourth line and Tyler Seguin will move back to the wing.
Chiarelli added the Bruins remain in the hunt for a defenseman, and many reports Tuesday suggested that Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle may be the guy. Kaberle has a full no-trade clause, but he will reportedly accept a trade to Boston.
The Bruins still have a hold of Minnesota’s 2nd round pick, which they acquired in the 2009 Chuck Kobasew trade.