Bruins Press Release
BOSTON, MA –
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli and Hunwick will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Hunwick registered six goals, 21 assists and a plus/minus rating of +15 in 53 games during his rookie season in 2008-09. His 27 points placed him third amongst Bruins defensemen and he scored his first NHL goal on November 17, 2008 against the Maple Leafs. Hunwick played forward in six games last year and posted 1-1=2 totals while skating up front.
He played in one postseason game for the Bruins before being sidelined with a spleen injury that forced him to miss the rest of the playoffs.
The 24-year-old native of Warren, Michigan was originally drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round (224th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins on November 10, 2007 against the Buffalo Sabres and recorded his first career point on December 10, 2007 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in 13 games for Boston during the 2007-08 campaign and registered one assist.
Hunwick spent most of the 2007-2008 season with the Providence Bruins notching two goals and 21 assists in 55 regular season games. Prior to joining the Bruins, Hunwick played four years of collegiate hockey for the University of Michigan with 24-73=97 totals and 256 penalty minutes in 163 career games.
This is a good signing by the B's. It will be interesting to see what the length and cap numbers are and how/IF it affects RFA, Phil Kessel.
The Defense pairings will look like
Chara & Ward
Wideman & Ference
Hunwick & Stuart
I would expect to see Johnny Boychuk, up from Providence, to be the 7th defenseman jumping in and out of the lineup as injuries happen throughout the season taking the place of Shane Hnidy who has moved on.
October 1st is getting closer every day…
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