CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports via Twitter the Boston Bruins have re-signed center Chris Kelly to a four-year, $12 million contract, and forward Gregory Campbell to a three year deal worth $1.6 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reports over the weekend indicated new deals for these two were imminent. Kelly previous earned $2.125 million per season, Campbell $1.1 million, so these raises aren’t “bank-breakers” by any stretch. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli stated at season’s end he wanted to keep his roster intact as much as possible, and so far has made good on that statement.
Their combined salaries ($4.6 million) per season elevates the Bruins payroll to almost $65 million invested in 21 players, though that’s counting Marc Savard’s $4 million-plus salary, and Tim Thomas’ $5 million cap hit. That leaves Tuukka Rask and Benoit Pouliot (both RFAs) as the two remaining players for Chiarelli to re-up, as the rest of his pending UFAs (Brian Rolston, Joe Corvo, Mike Mottau, Marty Turco and Greg Zanon) aren’t expected to be re-signed.