-- New Boston Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon
reported for duty this morning at Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena and seemed a little surprised at the number of reporters who waited for him to talk to the press for the first time while wearing Black & Gold.
"It was just a different day," said Zanon of the whirlwind that sent him from Minnesota to Boston. "I had practice that day [with the Wild] and then went home.
"I was actually downstairs with my kids just hanging out and found out via Twitter and then just a mad scramble to get things ready and organized and wasn’t able to get out until yesterday morning.
"But obviously, I'm really happy to be part of this team and what it can be," he said.
Zanon said that earlier in the season, he had an inkling that he might be on the move.
"A little bit earlier in December and stuff being out of the lineup a little bit due to some injuries and stuff like that, didn’t think I was really fitting in on the team and thought maybe something would happen then," said Zanon. "It never did and I kind of got back into the regular swing of things and then we traded away a couple of older D men, so I figured, ‘Oh they’re probably going to hold on to me now,’ and the next thing you get the call and the world is up in panic all of a sudden trying to things organized to get there.
"But now that I’m here, the guys have been great and welcomed me in.
"[It was good] having practice today, getting a feel for what we’re doing and hopefully get into the lineup tomorrow and be able to show everybody what I got," he said.
Asked about transitioning to the Bruins system, Zanon seemed unconcerned.
"Hockey’s hockey," he said. "Once you get on the ice there’s no worries, you’re just playing with the boys and you’re playing a game that you love and obviously our focus today was on trying to turn this thing around."
And Zanon already sounded like a Bruin in that regard.
"Obviously, I haven’t been here but it’s been .500 hockey right now and [Head Coach Claude Julien] wants to get this thing going," he said. "We just have to put our best foot forward to give it everything we got these last 21 games."