Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bruins agree to multi-year deals with Kelly & Campbell

Despite Tim Thomas not returning next season, the Bruins are moving forward to  guarantee that most of their 2011 Stanley Cup winning core will be back, and for several years.

As reported by TSN, on Monday the Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell on multi-year contract extensions.  Peter Chiarelli has made it a priority to keep as much of the championship core intact as possible.

These signings mean the Bruins will have 16 players from the 2011 Championship team back next season, with eight of them secured through 2014-15.

In addition to Kelly and Campbell, over the past year Chiarelli has secured six players that helped return the Cup to Boston after 39 years: Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, and David Krejci.  Which leaves Tuukka Rask and Benoit Pouliot (both RFAs) as the remaining free agents.

Kelly's deal is for four years for a toal of $12 million while Campbell has a three-year deal worth $4.8 million.

In his first full season with the Bruins last season, Kelly scored 20 goals and added 19 assists for 39 points (career highs in goals & points) in 82 games. He was acquired from the Ottawa Senators in February of 2011.

Campbell scored eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 78 games last season. He was acquired from the Florida Panthers in June of 2010.

Campbell’s return insures that the Merlot line, which has been the heart and soul of Boston over the last two years, will be running together for at least the next two seasons.  Left winger Dan Paille re-signed for three years earlier this month, and huge fan favorite Shawn Thornton signed on for two more years back in March.

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