Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly skates, no timetable on return

DJ Bean
March 01, 2016 - 7:32 am
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Chris Kelly skated Tuesday morning at TD Garden, marking his first time on the ice since suffering a fractured femur on Nov. 3. The injury, which required surgery, was expected to keep Kelly out for six-to-eight months. The 35-year-old center was noncommittal on how much his timetable has changed. "I don't know," Kelly said when asked if he still considered himself out for the season. "You just come in and listen to the training staff and just go through the process. That's really all it's been is taking it a day at a time and going through the process. Obviously, I knew it was going to be a long process." Kelly is in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent at season's end. He said he has not thought much about potential retirement since suffering the injury. "I think personally, you try to stay in the moment," Kelly said. "As hockey players, you try to focus all your attention on what you're doing. If you're playing, you're focused on the game and playing to the best of your abilities. If you get injured, your focus is on trying to get back as soon as possible. The mindset is come in here, work hard every day and try to get back as quick and healthy as possible." Should Kelly be able to return at any point, he would likely slot in as Boston's fourth-line center. Tuesday will mark the first game of Noel Acciari's audition for that role.

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