October 31, 2012

Kelly becomes 10th Bruin to sign in Europe

By Jesse Connolly

Center Chris Kelly signed a month-long deal with Switzerland’s HC Red Ice Wednesday, as the number of B’s overseas is now in the double digits.

Red Ice is a third-tier Swiss team that plays in the town of Martigny, located in the southwest part of the country, and is a member of First Amateur League.

On July 1, the Bruins re-signed Kelly to a four-year deal worth a total of $12 million. A key contributor during Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup run, Kelly had a career year with the Black and Gold this past season, scoring 20 goals and adding 19 assists. He ranked third in the NHL with a plus-33 rating.

The 31-year-old forward has 97-123-220 totals in 569 career games for the Senators and Bruins.

Kelly played for the Sens’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton during the 2004-05 work stoppage. He can renew his pact with Red Ice monthly and, like the rest of the NHL players that have found work in Europe, has an out clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the Swiss squad if the lockout ever ends.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.