Boston Reaches Deal with Former Bruin Defenseman Shane Hnidy

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The Boston Bruins have re-signed veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy to a one-way contract worth $500,000 on Saturday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger also reported that Hnidy is still in the process of rehabbing his shoulder and won't be able to suit up for the Bruins for several weeks.

Hnidy, who had 17 points in 108 games with the B's from 2007-2009, has been practicing with the team for the past week on a tryout basis.

As reported on The Checking Line earlier this week, Boston already has seven active defensemen and will need to rearrange their blue line.

"Signing Hnidy would be an economical way to reinforce their depth and veteran presence, but would leave Boston with a crowded blue line. Trading another defenseman, perhaps Johnny Boychuk, before the Feb. 28 deadline, or sending rookie Steve Kampfer down to AHL affiliate Providence would alleviate this issue."