BOSTON -- Jay Pandolfo is now officially a Boston Bruin.
During intermission of Tuesday night's game against the New York Rangers, the veteran Massachusetts native spoke about finally signing with the team, calling it a dream come true.
"Yeah, I'm really excited," said Pandolfo. "I've been here for a month now practicing with the team. I was hoping this day was going to come, and now it's here. So, I'm really excited about being part of this organization."
Pandolfo has been practicing with the team, but his signing hadn't been made official until Tuesday.
"They were really up front and honest with what was going on the whole time," said Pandolfo. "When you have that type of communication, it's pretty easy. I'm living in the area, so I come to practice, and just to be a part of this organization, that was good enough to keep me around for sure. This team has a great chance of winning a Stanley Cup. I'm really glad to be a part of it.
"The communication was great with Claude and Peter," he added. "They were kind of talking to me every week or so, and trying to keep my up to date on what's going on. I wasn't getting frustrated at all. I was actually having fun coming to the rink every day. It was good. I got to know these guys pretty good."
Pandolfo admits that he needs a few games to get back into "game shape." He just doesn't know if that will require a trip to AHL-Providence, before he acquires his new role with the B's.
"I think I'm going to be a depth guy," said Pandolfo. "In a shortened season like this, I don't think anyone can predict what's going to happen with injuries or different things. So I think the more depth you have, it's only going to help. So I think I see myself as a depth guy and fill in wherever needed."
Bruins coach Claude Julien will be re-united with Pandolfo, who spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
"It was only one year in New Jersey, but I had a great working relationship with him there, and I'm happy to be back with him," said Pandolfo. "I know what type of coach he is and what he expects. I've talked to him quite a bit, and I know what he wants."
Pandolfo wanted to play for the Bruins. He'll now get that opportunity.
"My main goal, obviously, was to sign here, and that's what happened," said Pandolfo. "I really didn't want to go anywhere else. My family's here. I'm from here. This couldn't be a better situation for me."