Originally a third-round pick of the Senators at the 1999 NHL Draft, Kelly spent parts of seven seasons in Ottawa before a February 2011 trade sent him to Boston.
After parts of six seasons with the Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly is headed back to Ottawa.
The 35-year-old center has signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Senators, the club announced.
Originally a third-round pick of the Senators (94th overall) at the 1999 NHL Draft, Kelly spent parts of seven seasons in Ottawa scoring 74 goals and 176 points in 463 games.
The Toronto, Ontario native will provide the Sens with depth down the middle.
“We are excited to welcome Chris back to Ottawa,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “In our evaluation of our roster we felt that we needed to add another player with the ability to succeed in close situations and on the penalty kill. Chris will be able to contribute to both of those while adding another accomplished leader to our group. He understands the type of commitment that is necessary to play at a championship level.”
Kelly was dealt to the Bruins in February 2011 for a second-round pick.
In 288 games with Boston, Kelly recorded 43 goals and 101 points. He went to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Bruins winning a cup in 2011.
Kelly has appeared in 751 career NHL games scoring 118 goals and 277 points. He added 12 goals and 32 points in 90 playoff games.