Chris Kelly signed with HC Red Ice at the tail end of October and according to the teams’ official website he played his last game November 30. He only signed a one-month deal with the club but had the option to extend his stay, it appears he chose to come back to Boston.
Kelly performed well in Switzerland playing in eight games with the Red Ice and recording four goals and five assists, more than a point per game in some cases. While his numbers aren’t as devastating to the Swiss League as Seguin or Bergeron’s who are averaging multi-points per game, Seguin leading the entire league in points over guys like Rick Nash and Joe Thornton, they are still good for the alternate captain.
He is the second player to return home from playing overseas so far after Tuukka Rask who also had a productive ‘vacation.’ Currently Tyler Seguin is home visiting, but only for the week. While two players have come back there still remain ten other players overseas, including the most recent signing of Daniel Paille. While I’m sure many of us would like to take Kelly’s return as a sign of negotiations coming to an end (in a positive way) this is most likely not the case. However, we can remain optimistic for a little while longer I suppose.