Boston's stretch drive acquisitions included defenseman Tomas Kaberle, forward Rich Peverley, and Kelly, who brought toughness, defensive reliability, and some scoring from the Senators on Feb. 15 for a 2011 second-round pick. "I've obviously had a connection with him in my time with Ottawa," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com. "He's a high-character person. He plays both ways. We needed a centerman that's going to give us some depth, and Chris can give us that and he can play up and down the lineup." During the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup, the versatile Kelly appeared in 25 games, scoring five goals and 13 points with a solid 11 rating. He remains a valuable "glue guy" for Boston.