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The Sheriff Signs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – Just hours before the Bruins 3-1 defeat of the Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club came to terms with defenseman Shane Hnidy on a one-year deal. 

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed per club policy. 

“I’m very excited," Hnidy said, postgame. "I think right when I got here and even before that, Boston is the dream place I wanted to go back to and here I am." 

Hnidy has been with the team in Vancouver since Wed., Feb. 23, but did not play in Saturday night’s game against the Canucks as he is not yet cleared by the Bruins medical staff.

“I knew there was going to be a bunch of steps and the first one was coming out and skating," Hnidy said. "The next one was to hopefully sign and now I just have to move forward...and get my health and everything where it needs to be so I can be in whatever role is needed on this team.”

As of yet, there is no timetable set for when the 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman will be able to take the ice in a game. 

“I’m cleared to practice and that’s it for now, I’m not cleared for anything else. And we’ll just continue to build and strengthen and get everything ready,” Hnidy said. 

A member of the Bruins from 2007-09, Hnidy has not played an NHL game this season after suffering an injury while in training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes this preseason.

In Hnidy’s two seasons with Boston he skated in 108 regular season games with 4-13-17 totals. Hnidy also recorded 2-1-3 totals in 14 playoff games with the Bruins. 

“This is what I wanted to do, I wanted to come back and play here,” he said.

“It’s a great organization, a great group of guys and I’ve been around.

"I know what I need to do and what I need to do to help the team be successful.”

---Hannah Becker
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