Bruins: Shane Hnidy

Hnidy returns to the lineup

April, 2, 2011
4/02/11
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BOSTON -- Defenseman Shane Hnidy returns to the lineup today for the Boston Bruins.

“I’m excited. It’s been a while,” Hnidy said. “I’ve put in a lot of practice and a lot of work and now it’s time to go out there and put everything into the game.”

After suffering a severe shoulder injury during training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes, Hnidy signed with the Bruins on Feb. 26 and today will be his first game since last spring. He admitted he’s feeling anxious and nervous.

“I didn’t know if this opportunity would come again. It has and I’m very grateful for that and I want to make the most of it,” Hnidy said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting in game situations.”

This is his second stint with the Bruins. The 35-year-old blueliner played a total of 108 games with 17 points during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons.

Due to the nature of his injury, and his age, Hnidy had thoughts that his career could be over.

"I'm very grateful for the organization to give me this chance and I want to make the most of it," he said. "I want to prove them right for taking a chance on me."

Good morning from the Garden

March, 22, 2011
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BOSTON – The slumping Boston Bruins held an optional skate this morning in preparation for their game against the surging New Jersey Devils tonight at TD Garden.

The only Bruins players to skate were forward Daniel Paille and goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Boston is 1-3-3 in its last six games, and with only 11 games remaining in the regular season, the Bruins need to sprint into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We haven’t played as well as we know we can,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “There’s a better team in that dressing room than we’ve shown within the last little while. We’ve got to straighten that out as soon as we can. Hopefully it starts tonight.”

Julien’s morning scrum with the media was brief. He also talked about defenseman Shane Hnidy coming off long-term injury reserve and Brad Marchand returning to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension, and Julien also commented on the season-ending suspension for the Penguins’ Matt Cooke.

On Hnidy: “We’ll see him at some point in our lineup. We brought him here to give us some depth and if we’re going to use him as a depth player, at some point he’ll see some action.”

On Marchand’s return to the lineup: “We have some different options and those decisions on those options will be finalized tonight before the game.”

Since Paille was the lone skater this morning, it’s likely he could be the healthy scratch.

On Cooke: “I’m not sitting here and commenting on other suspensions. I respect what the league is doing and that’s my answer to that. You kind of take care of your backyard and let the media handle those things."

Hnidy cleared to play

March, 22, 2011
3/22/11
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BOSTON -- Now that the Bruins’ Shane Hnidy has been medically cleared to play, coach Claude Julien has to figure out a game plan for exactly how he will insert the veteran defenseman into the lineup.

“It’s nice to know that now it’s just a matter of getting a chance to put me in and getting that game experience again,” Hnidy said.

The 35-year-old blueliner was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract on Feb. 26. He has not played this season after suffering a shoulder injury while attending training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes last September.

“It’s nice to know that I am ready to get into a game,” Hnidy said. “The last couple of practices were really good for me. I did a lot of battles and game situations and that really kind of helped me.”

This is his second stint with the Bruins. He played a total of 108 games from 2007 to 2009. Hnidy played 70 games for the Minnesota Wild during the 2009-2010 season. Even though he hasn’t played a game this season, Hnidy has been a leader off the ice.

“He’s a veteran player that has been around and I think he’s got some leadership qualities,” Julien said. “We’ve seen that in the past when he was here and that’s certainly an area he’s good at as well.”

As far as putting him in the lineup, Julien knows Hnidy will have to play soon.

“We’ll see him at some point in our lineup,” said the coach. “We brought him here to give us some depth and if we’re going to use him as a depth player, at some point he’ll see some action.”

Hnidy set to be activated from IR

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy will be examined by the team’s medical staff on Tuesday morning, and he’s expected to be cleared for game action. He’s been on long-term injury reserve with a shoulder injury and he’s eligible to be activated on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old blueliner was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract on Feb. 26. He has not played this season after suffering a shoulder injury while attending training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes last September.

Hnidy, who brings another veteran presence both on and off the ice, feels he’s up to speed since re-signing with the Bruins this winter.

“I am practice-wise,” Hnidy said. “From everything we’ve needed to do it has come along. The first part of getting back is over and I’m at full health.”

This is his second stint with the Bruins. He played a total of 108 games from 2007 to 2009. Hnidy played 70 games for the Minnesota Wild during the 2009-2010 season. Since he has not played in a game this season, he said he’s chomping at the bit to see action.

“Obviously,” he said. “The whole reason you come is to play. I knew what the situation was coming in and if it works out and I’m needed to play, I’ll go out there and do my best. I’m anxious to get back and get in a game, but if not I’ll continue on this path and stay prepared.”

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was vague whether or not Hnidy will be in the lineup sooner rather than later.

“He’s look OK to me and it’s a matter of making sure he’s cleared by everybody,” Julien said. “We’ll see him at some point, whether that’s [Tuesday] or some of the remaining games. We brought him in to give us some depth and if he’s going to be a depth guy, at some point, he’ll have to play.”

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