A month of practice paid off for Jay Pandolfo, who signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Bruins on Tuesday.
“I'm really excited. I've been here for a month now practicing with the team. I was hoping this day was going to come, and now it's here,” Pandolfo told the media during the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night. “So I'm really excited about being part of this organization."
Pandolfo said there were never any issues of wondering what his situation was with the Bruins over the last month and that the organization was very up front with him.
"They were really up front and honest with what was going on the whole time,” Pandolfo said. “When you have that type of communication, it's pretty easy. I'm living in the area, so I come to practice, and just to be a part of this organization, that was good enough to keep me around for sure. This team has a great chance of winning a Stanley Cup. I'm really glad to be a part of it."
Pandolfo's deal is worth $600,000 in the NHL and $350,000 in the minors. Pandolfo, 38, was placed on waivers Tuesday and must clear for the deal to go through.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Pandolfo has been practicing with the Bruins on a professional tryout since the beginning of training camp. The Burlington, Mass., native and former Boston University Terrier played 62 games for the Islanders last season.
Pandolfo said he doesn’t have any intentions of playing for another team should he be claimed.
"My main goal, obviously, was to sign here, and that's what happened,” the two-time Stanley Cup champion said. “I really didn't want to go anywhere else. My family's here. I'm from here. This couldn't be a better situation for me."