Veteran forward Chris Kelly is back in Ottawa. After helping Canada win a third consecutive championship at the Spengler Cup, the 37-year-old returned to Belleville and signed another professional tryout agreement with the team on Tuesday.
The former Senators’ centre was released from his professional tryout with the Belleville Senators to play for Canada at the Spengler Cup, at the end of December. In the tournament, Canada extended its dominant run in shutout fashion as netminder Kevin Poulin made 36 saves to blank Switzerland 3-0 to win it all.
The veteran centre played all 82 regular season games with the Sens last season, but only suited up for two contests in the postseason. When he was not re-signed by the NHL team in the summer, Kelly accepted a PTO from the Edmonton Oilers and and remained with the team throughout camp and into the season.
Still without a contract offer at the start of the season, Kelly returned to his home in Ottawa and considered his options and accepted a PTO with Belleville in hopes of catching the attention of another NHL team.
He played nine games with Belleville before the Hockey Canada opportunity was presented.
Some wonder if Kelly will be part of the Canadian Olympic team, as the roster is expected to be announced on Thursday for the 2018 games.
Do you think he will make the final cut?