OTTAWA - Chris Kelly’s perspective on the trade deadline is different than many because he speaks from the experience of a traveling man.
Just a year ago, after five-plus seasons here with the Senators, he was shipped to the Bruins, the first of three key deals general manager Peter Chiarelli made to bolster the club’s playoff chances.
So when players say they turn a deaf ear to all the pre-deadline chatter this time of year, the 31-year-old Kelly isn’t buying it.
“If they say they can block it all out,’’ mused Kelly yesterday, before the Bruins beat his former club, 5-3, at Scotiabank Place, “I have to believe that they’re either lying to [the media] or to themselves.’’
Kelly’s teammate, defenseman Johnny Boychuk, says he’s been successful in ignoring all the talk, but noted that it’s harder to do when playing in Canada.
“In Canada, you hear it all the time, because, well, it’s Canada, right?’’ said Boychuk, who inked a three-year, $10 million extension with the Bruins just before the start of the six-game trip that concluded here last night.
“It’s everywhere here. That’s not the case in the States. Here, it’s on TV, it’s on radio, the papers . . . pretty hard not to notice it.’’
As of this morning, Chiarelli has stood pat with his roster assets, opting to allow his defending Stanley Cup champs the opportunity to play themselves back into their Beasts of the East form that submitted the league’s best hockey throughout November and December.
Since early January, beginning with a 4-3 loss to the Canucks Jan. 7, they’ve been the mediocre-at-best Bruins.
“We know what’s at stake here,’’ coach Claude Julien said, eyeing the game here and the rematch on Causeway Street Tuesday night.
Life could very difficult for the Bruins over the final 22 games of the regular season. They have a torrid schedule in March, with 17 games over 31 days, nine of those on the road. All of which could motivate Chiarelli to bring in a support player or two, but thus far it has been a very quiet trade market. The Kings made a huge splash Thursday with the acquisition of Jeff Carter from the Blue Jackets.
“When Mike Fisher was traded from here last year,’’ said the pragmatic Kelly, reflecting on his former Senators teammate who was dealt to Nashville, “that was an eye-opener for the whole team. Guys thought, ‘If he can get traded, then anybody could be moved.’
“When it happened to me, I got a heads-up that day, but by no means did I know where I was going. When I was told it was Boston, it was a sigh of relief, because it was a good team going to the playoffs.
“So you can try to block all this stuff out, but no matter what, it’s there.’’
And it will be there until 3 p.m. tomorrow, when another trade deadline officially meets its end.
Patrice Bergeron finished with a game-high nine shots. Rarely does the he fire so often. Linemate Tyler Seguin added four, and Brad Marchand only one - which he put in the net for the 2-1 lead in the third period . . . David Krejci’s goal was his second in five games. He still isn’t doing much for tallying points (2-0-2 for 12 games), but he is more visible on the ice. He lost six of his eight faceoffs. . . . The Senators only had 15 shots in the first two periods, but Tim Thomas made a couple of sparkling saves, one a great glove of a sizzling Colin Greening shot. He had no chance on two absolute bombs that Daniel Alfredsson drilled by him late in the third to cut the Boston lead to 4-3. The Senators can pass and shoot. But if last night’s display is their standard defense, they won’t last long in the playoffs. They need more moxie and better puck management . . . Both sides fired 61 times, but the Bruins hit the net 38 times to Ottawa’s 30 . . . He would have to get blistering hot, but Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, with 69 points in 63 games, has a chance of eclipsing his career high of 92 points. His three assists in last night’s loss would be that kind of hot . . . Ottawa’s No. 2 scorer, slick defenseman Erik Karlsson also had a 3-point night, with a goal and two assists and now has with 63 points in 62 games. The 21-year-old Swede not only leads NHL defensemen in scoring, he has blown away the field. His closest competition as of last night was Florida veteran Brian Campbell with 41 points. Karlsson is quick, elusive, and has emerged as a force in his third season.