Former Bruin Shane Hnidy Joins Club for Tryout

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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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3 Comments

George Prax's picture

Makes sense in terms of a depth month, don't have to give up any assets and will come very cheap - if he can play of course.

Chelsea Frajerman's picture

Exactly. Helps that he's been with the organization too. He knows how things work and they know what they're investing in. Seems like he'd be a great fit.

Bastro17's picture

It could be a very nice depth move by signing the Sheriff. With Kaberle as a puck moving d-man, Kampfer could have less play time. Kampfer doesn't have any experience in the playoffs, but he shows good skills and confidence this year. There's already 7 defensemen in the Bruins' line up, so I think Kampfer will not have plenty of ice time during the playoff. So by signing Hnidy it insure depth at this position. Shane played in 37 playoff games. 14 with the Bruins. It's a perfect fit at the 7th d-man spot for a cheap price for the Bruins, and without giving prospects or draft picks. If this shoulder injury is behind and he can play, go sign him! Also he's experience can serve for development of our good young d-men.

That's how I see the Bruins defensive squad for the playoffs

Boychuck - Chara
Kaberle -Seidenberg
Ference - McQuaid

Hnidy
Kampfer