NHL rejects Kelly contract: Report


The NHL has rejected a four-year, $12-million contract between Chris Kelly and the Boston Bruins, according to RDS’s Renaud Lavoie, but the club expects the deal to be approved when the free agency period begins July 1.

“We’ve got a commitment from Kelly for four years,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters Wednesday. “We’re not able to register that contract yet because of payroll tagging issues.”

Lavoie reported that “cap issues” were behind the league’s dismissal of the deal. The salary cap has not officially been set for the 2012-13 season, but it is expected to be about $70.3-million. Teams can also spend up to 10 percent over the cap during the off-season.