Re: Where does Kelly fit in Bruins line-up? ideas?
posted at 2/18/2011 9:51 AM EST
In Response to Re: Where does Kelly fit in Bruins line-up? ideas?
[QUOTE]Not Kelly's effort to be worried about, he puts up 4th line points with 2nd line mins. The PK will improve but who comes off it. I really like the play of the Seg Wheel and Ryd line last couple of games, Seg is starting to play has not been on the peripheral. He has been too good to switch him off centre. Put Kelly with Camp, if Cj would sit Thorn that line could be the best 4th line in NHL.
Posted by No4BobbyOrr-GOAT[/QUOTE]
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GOAT, your "2nd line minutes" line is misleading. Kelly was
sixth best among forwards on the Senators in TOI, but 2:46 of his 15:38/game was PK. Highest on the team by almost a minute. 5 on 5 + PP time, he was 10th among forwards - so in scoring situations, he's right where you'd expect a fourth line centre to be for TOI. His goal total breaks down to 8 ES, 1 SH, and 3 EN. 8 ES goals puts him fourth on the Senators, ahead of Alfredsson, Kovalev, and Spezza. On the Bruins, he'd be tied with Krejci, Ryder, and Thornton and ahead of Recchi and Campbell.
But the numbers are only part of the equation here, just like Butch Goring's .9 pp/g for the Islanders has little to do with why that deal is cited as the beginning of the deadline deal idiocy. You can try to bring in one superstar player at the top of the lineup and hope that makes you better, or you can try to find a rising tide kind of guy who will raise all ships. The Rangers made deals like this one the year they finally broke their drought. They traded scorers for hard working, strong skating guys - professionals with a sense of purpose: Matteau, Noonan, etc. Those guys were crucial to that run. They made the Rangers a harder working and more consistent team. Amonte went on to have 3 40+ goal seasons with the Blackhawks, over 400 career goals and 900 career points. Matteau didn't top 150 career goals and had 316 points. Noonan only 116-159-275.
I have no idea if Kelly can have that kind of impact for the Bruins or not. But deals like this have a longer and more consistent record of success than trying to reshape the top of a roster.