Chris Kelly C BOS 15 Days

Kelly (back) is satisfied with how he's recovered from offseason back surgery and expects to be available for training camp.

Kelly has been skating since July and has received clearance to endure contact, suggesting he'll enter the 2014-15 campaign at full health. The 33-year-old is expected to slot in on the Bruins' third line once again, providing most of his utility on the penalty kill rather than as a centerpiece of the offense.

Chris Kelly C BOS 4 Months

Chris Kelly's back surgery was a success.

Kelly is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had nine goals and 18 points in 57 contests in 2013-14.

Chris Kelly C BOS 4 Months

Chris Kelly's recovery time from back surgery will be six to eight weeks.

He will undergo the procedure to repair a herniated disc in the coming weeks but should be recovered in order to participate in training camp without any restrictions barring any setbacks.

Chris Kelly C BOS 4 Months

Chris Kelly will probably undergo back surgery over the summer.

Kelly hasn't played since April 8 due to a herniated disc. "I was just trying to do everything I could to not have surgery in order to play," said Kelly. "Now that the season's done I'll probably go ahead and get it fixed. My back just seized up on me. A lot of muscle [pain] and it's a nerve thing, so it shoots right down my leg. Some days are better than others." Even if he undergoes surgery, he should be fine by the start of training camp.

Chris Kelly C BOS 4 Months

Chris Kelly could be viewed as expendable by the Bruins.

He has two years left on a contract that carries an annual average value of $3 million per year. Justin Florek and Matt Fraser showed they are capable of filling in at much lower costs and Carl Soderberg has proven to be a solid third-line center, but Kelly's versatility and leadership may keep him in the fold. Kelly also has a no-trade clause. It's unlikely that the Bruins would buy him out, but it's possible that he could be used as trade bait.

Chris Kelly C BOS 5 Months

Chris Kelly (back) hasn't skated since April 8, but coach Claude Julien had positive news about the Boston forward's progress.

"Chris Kelly has come along," Julien said. "Every day is a better day for him so that's basically all I can tell you about him." The Bruins have been using Justin Florek and more recently Daniel Paille in Kelly's place on the third line.

Chris Kelly C BOS 5 Months

Chris Kelly (back) still isn't skating, so he shouldn't be expected to return any time soon.

Kelly has not taken to the ice since he suffered a back injury on April 8 against Minnesota.

Chris Kelly C BOS 5 Months

Chris Kelly will likely be out of the Boston lineup for Friday's opening game of the playoffs.

He is still nursing a back injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday. Justin Florek skated for Kelly on the Bruins' third line during practice on Thursday and may suit up in his place Friday against Detroit. Consider Kelly day-to-day for now.

Chris Kelly C BOS 5 Months

Coach Claude Julien expects Chris Kelly (back) to be ready for the start of the playoffs.

He missed most of the third period on Tuesday night at Minnesota because of back spasms. Kelly probably shouldn't be expected to play in Boston's remaining two regular season contests.

Chris Kelly C BOS 5 Months

Chris Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

He was injured in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. "It's nothing major, but it's something that needs to be addressed," coach Claude Julien said. He's considered doubtful to play Thursday in Winnipeg.