Jay Pandolfo has won a pair of Stanley Cups and carved out nice little niche for himself over a distinguished 14-year NHL career. The 38-year-old Burlington native also hopes the music plays a little longer and includes a little Black and Gold number after scoring an invite to training camp with the Boston Bruins.
The former Boston University confirmed to CSNNE.com that he'll be a member of the Boston Bruins NHL camp beginning on Sunday.
Pandolfo skated through the lockout at Boston University, Boston College and Harvard University along with assorted Bruins players and local pros, and clearly did so with the idea of keeping the NHL dream alive one more season. The longtime New Jersey Devil is coming off a career-worst season with the New York Islanders where he managed only three points and a minus-14 in 62 games on Long Island.
But Pandolfo continued to skate with the Bruins skaters as they began to return from Europe and made the trip to Ristuccia Arena for captains practices in each of the last two days. Prior to Friday mornings skate, Pandolfo was outfitted in Boston Bruins gear and that probably should have been the first hint that something was cooking.
Pandolfo actually came close to getting invited to Bruins training camp last season while he was searching for a job, but Boston instead brought Chris Clark in for a tryout before making him one of the final camp cuts last October.
The bottom-six forward and penalty killing specialist indicated to CSNNE.com hell retire if he doesnt hook on with an NHL team out of training camp. There wont be any more seasons in Europe or sharpening up his skills in the AHL.
Either he catches on with the Bs as a depth forward potentially needed in a 48-game grind where Boston will be playing every other day, he shows enough to get another NHL team interested or he begins a well-deserved walk away from his playing days.
It wont be difficult to imagine Pandolfo stepping into the world of coaching hockey when his playing days are officially over, but dont blame him if hes looking to put that off for at least one more year.