When Matt Hunwick woke up from his afternoon nap on Monday, he noticed he had many missed calls from his agent and from people within the Bruins organization.
He figured something had happened on the trade front, and it was just a matter of finding out where he was going.
The defenseman is heading to Colorado.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli traded the 25-year-old blueliner to the Avalanche in exchange for defenseman, and former Boston University standout, Colby Cohen.
In a phone conversation, Hunwick told ESPNBoston.com he understands the situation, but will miss Boston.
“It’s tough. It’s disappointing leaving the team I was drafted by, and the team I’ve spent my entire time as a pro,” Hunwick said. “But at the same time, it’s a new opportunity and I’m excited to have that chance.”
Hunwick will be on a plane early Tuesday morning to Colorado, and he’s expecting to be in the lineup for the Avalanche against the Blues on Tuesday night.
The Bruins drafted Hunwick with their sixth pick (224th overall) in the 2004 entry draft. The former University of Michigan star began his pro career with Boston’s AHL affiliate at Providence in 2007-2008, and also made his NHL debut that season.
“It’s an Original Six team with great fans,” he said. “I grew up watching the Bruins. Growing up in Michigan I had a chance to watch the Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, and from the time I was drafted until today, I’ve loved every minute of being a part of this organization.
“It’s been great. The city is phenomenal and I love living downtown. It’s been a great experience overall, and that’s what makes it so disappointing.”
With the Bruins facing a cap issue once forwards Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) and Marco Sturm (knee) are able to return to the lineup, Chiarelli had to clear some space, and today Hunwick experienced the business side of the game.
“I didn’t think that I wouldn’t be traded,” he said. “It’s a possibility for everyone in that locker room, with the exception of a few guys. I knew it was a possibility. Obviously, you hope that wouldn’t be the case, but everyone knew a move had to happen before Savvy could come back in the lineup. It’s me.”