Source: Pandolfo may go to camp with Bruins

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Source: Pandolfo may go to camp with Bruins

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
Jay Pandolfo didnt play a single NHL game last season for the first time in 14 years, and it appeared that the Burlington, Mass. natives pro hockey career was winding down.

But, according to several sources, the 35-year-old veteran iis mulling a return to hockey this season.

Those same sources also indicated to CSNNE.com that Pandolfo is talking with the Bruins about coming to training camp in September for his hometown team as the Bs attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Pandolfo played 13 seasons for the Devils and totaled 223 points in 819 games while building a reputation as a dogged penalty killer, reliable bottom-six forward and playoff performer en route to New Jerseys multiple Stanley Cup championships. Pandolfo was a longtime leader in the Devils dressing room, and is also one of Claude Juliens favorite players from the Bs coachs turbulent tenure coaching in New Jersey under Lou Lamoriello.

In his last NHL season, while playing sparingly for the Devils in 2009-10 while the club was looking to get out from under his contract, Pandolfo totaled 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 52 games along with a minus-10 rating.

Pandolfo played 12 AHL games for the Springfield Falcons last season while totaling six points and a minus-2 last November, but was otherwise idle last season after getting bought out of the final year of his New Jersey contract last summer. Theres little doubt Pandolfo is attempting to write a better final chapter onto an otherwise outstanding hockey career at Burlington High School, Boston University and the New Jersey Devils and the gritty winger could also help fill some of the veteran leadership role vacated by Mark Recchis retirement at the end of last years NHL season.

A Bruins source said that it was uncertain whether Pandolfo would ultimately attend Bs camp when it officially begins on Sept. 16, but theres little downside to bringing in a motivated veteran like Pandolfo to compete with Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille,Jordan Caron and a host of youngsters for one of the final winger spots on an already cramped Bs roster.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
 

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.