VANCOUVER Shane Hnidy obviously impressed the Bruins in his Vancouver tryout, and the Bs announced on Saturday afternoon that theyd signed 35-year-old to a one-year deal for the rest of the season.The Sheriff hasnt been cleared by the Bs medical staff to play in games yet, but he creates a situation with eight defensemen on the Bs roster moving forward and potentially creates a move to either deal one defensemen or send Steve Kampfer back to Providence.Hnidy has not played an NHL game this season and was in training camp with the Phoenix Coyotes this preseason, and is recovering from a rotator cuff surgery in September suffered during camp. The 35-year-old has appeared in 547 NHL games, with 71 career points (16 goals, 55 assists) and 631 PIM. He most recently played in the NHL in the 2009-10 season with the Minnesota Wild, where he had a career year with 14 points and 66 PIM in 70 games.For two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09), Hnidy skated in 108 regular season games for Boston, with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) and 86 PIM. He also appeared in 14 playoff contests with the Bruins over his two seasons, and has played in 37 playoff games in his long NHL career.The Bruins originally acquired Hnidy on January 2, 2008 from the Anaheim Ducks with a 6th-round draft pick (Nicholas Tremblay) for Brandon Bochenski.
The Bs also announced that theyve signed Providence Bruins forward Kirk McDonald to an NHL contract.
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