Boston Bruins Trading Chris Kelly – Causeway Crowd
It has been highly speculated that the Boston Bruins are looking to add a right handed shot defenseman to their top four. In order to do this, they will need to acquire more cap space by trading away the contracts of Dennis Seidenberg and/or Chris Kelly.Since there are many teams, other than Boston, who are also in conversations with these defensive free agents, it seems unlikely that a team would trade away assets of their own for Seidenberg’s contract of $4 million dollars a year when they can just sign a free agent defenseman for roughly the same amount.
That leaves the Bruins with the option of trading Chris Kelly. To do this, Boston must find a trading partner that has the cap space available to comfortably take on Kelly’s contract, of $3 million dollars, and has the need for a player like Kelly. Also, the trading partner must be a destination that Chris Kelly wants to go to so that he will waive the no trade clause that was given to him when he signed. With these three factors in mind, here are the teams that the Boston Bruins could potentially make a deal with.
Believe it or not, the Anaheim Ducks lead the NHL with the most amount of cap space at just over $16 million dollars in room. With that kind of cushion, the Ducks might not mind taking on another versatile veteran forward, regardless of what he is being paid. With Anaheim still seen by most as a Stanley Cup contender, it can be assumed that Kelly would agree to a trade here.
It has been suspected that the Bruins might be making a deal with the Winnipeg Jets for the services of Dustin Byfuglien. It would not be a surprise to anyone if Chris Kelly’s name was being tossed around in conversation as well. With around $12.5 million dollars in cap space, the Jets could use more depth and experience in their bottom six. Making the playoffs last year could be enough to entice Kelly to waive his no trade clause and join this Winnipeg club.
Oct 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) holds a stick after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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