The Boston Bruins opted to cut ties with defensive center Chris Kelly this summer, walking away from the free agent after a disappointing season that saw him miss nearly the entire year with a broken leg.
Now, though, the Ottawa Senators are giving him the chance to keep playing.
The Senators announced on Thursday afternoon that Kelly, who finished the 2015-16 season with two goals in just 11 games before going out with injury, has inked a one year deal to return to the Atlantic Division club next season. Per General Fanager, the deal will pay $900,000 for the year, expiring in the summer of 2017.
Drafted by the Senators themselves back in 1999, Kelly – a native of Toronto and a London Knights alumnus – played nearly his entire NHL career with Ottawa before being dealt to the Bruins in 2011 for a second round pick.
While in Boston, he won his one and only Stanley Cup thus far, racking up five goals and 13 points in the postseason en route to the championship in his first spring with the Bruins organization. It earned him a four year, $3 million per season extension with the Massachusetts-based club, which expired this summer.
Throughout his NHL career, the 35-year-old center has put up 118 goals and 277 goals in 751 career regular season games, so he could still be a serviceable depth forward for his old organization. It gives him a second chance after a disappointing year, and gives it to him with the club that brought him into the NHL in the first place.
For the Senators, though, this move doesn’t do much beyond shoring up bottom six depth – and while it’s at a reasonable cost for the club, they still have work to do this summer.