By: Mike Grinnell
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that Chris Kelly has fractured his left femur and will be out for 6-8 months.
“Chris sustained a left femur fracture in the first period of the Bruins/Stars game on Tuesday, November 3 and was transported to Mass General Hospital. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 4 at Mass General Hospital and his expected recovery time is between six and eight months.” said Don Sweeney in a memo posted to the Bruins website.
Kelly went down very awkwardly in Tuesday nights game against the Dallas Stars just 1:40 into the first period.
“You know, that’s really tough.” Brad Marchand told reporters after the game. “He’s such a big part of our team. He’s a huge leader in the room and on the ice, and he’s been playing really well this year. You know, it’s very tough any time you see a friend and a teammate go out with an injury like that. It’s really tough to swallow. It’s a big void to fill.”
Though he is a little under appreciated due to his contract and 3 mill cap hit, Kelly is actually a very important piece to this Bruins team. With just two goals this season and playing a majority on the penalty kill, he will be missed on the ice, But off the ice, the loss of Kelly will have its greatest impact.
“I think people are going to realize how important he is to our hockey club, not just on the ice but also in the dressing room and around the team.” Claude Julien said after Tuesday night’s loss. “He’s a guy that is extremely respected by his teammates and on the ice he’s given us everything we’ve asked for. He’s been moved around in all different positions, never says a word, but just thrives on the opportunity to play in those spots that we’ve put him. He was a very versatile player that we really counted on. No doubt he’ll be missed.”
Kelly’s locker room presence will be missed and some say, they have never seen a locker room so down after learning about losing Kelly for the season, after last nights loss.
“We will miss him, that’s for sure. He’s such a valuable player and such a great guy to have in the locker room.” Captain Zdeno Chara told the media. “Obviously he’s a leader and one of those guys that you can always rely on, so, yeah, tough one. These things don’t happen very often, obviously, in hockey and when they do it’s – you saw he was in huge pain and it’s tough to see your friend and your teammate who you play on the ice, yeah, tough.”
The Bruins are able to put Kelly and his 3mill cap hit on LTIR, which would give the team some cap relief.