Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/27/11

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Chris Kelly #22 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 25, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won the game 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON -- When the Bruins acquired Chris Kelly last year just before the trade deadline, they knew they were getting one of the top defensive forwards in the game. They knew about his ability to kill penalties and win key draws. And thanks to general manager Peter Chiarelli's time spent in Ottawa, they even knew a little about the intangibles and leadership Kelly could add to the team. Kelly delivered on all those expectations and then some when he played a vital role in Boston's run to the Cup last spring, and his importance to the team was recognized this...
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