EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers signed center Chris Kelly to a professional tryout contract Sunday.
The 36-year-old Kelly had five goals and seven assists in 82 regular-seasons games for Ottawa last season,
Kelly helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and has 123 goals and 166 assists in 833 career regular-season games in 13 seasons with the Bruins and Senators. He has 12 goals and 20 assists in 92 playoff games.
Takeaway: Chris Kelly is a versatile center who won’t hurt you on the ice. His best offensive days (if he had any) are behind him, and a team needing a defensive forward/penalty-killing specialist would do well to sign him! I am not sure Edmonton is the best fit, although Kelly can still skate. The style I saw Edmonton play last season would mean Kelly playing between six and eight minutes per night, depending on penalty trouble. Prediction: WILL BE SIGNED BY SOMEONE ELSE