Former Bruin Shane Hnidy Joins Club for Tryout
Though it seemed that the Boston Bruins had finished their trade deadline moves early this season, they’re not quite done yet.
According to several reports, former Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy joined the club in Vancouver on Wednesday, in hopes of signing a contract.
NESN’s Naoko Funayama tweeted about the situation.
“Hnidy is also back wearing his old #34...on the ice now for Bs practice in Vancouver.
“Chiarelli says they will look at Hnidy for the next few days and determine from there whether to sign him.”
The 35-year-old blueliner, known as the ‘Sheriff,’ played 70 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2009-2010, but suffered a shoulder injury during training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes last September. He is now a free agent.
From 2007-2009, Hnidy suited up for the B’s in 108 games, amassing 17 points, a plus-two rating, and 86 penalty minutes. He also had a 33-game stint with the Anaheim Ducks during that stretch.
The Bruins currently have seven active defensemen after dealing Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers and acquiring Tomas Kaberle from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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.
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