BOSTON – Don’t expect any teary-eyed emotion from San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones when he returns, or arrives in this instance, on Tuesday night to play the Boston Bruins organization he was a member of for exactly five days last summer.
Jones obviously never suited up or practiced for the Bruins after getting sent from L.A. along with a first-round pick and Colin Miller in exchange for Milan Lucic during NHL Draft weekend. He wa thens flipped to San Jose for a Sharks first-rounder and Miami University center Sean Kuraly after those five days.
The 21-year-old is off to a solid start in San Jose, where he is the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender, with an 8-5-0 record, a 2.11 goals against average and a .923 save percentage along with a pair of shutouts in 14 appearances. After a torrid start, Jones has leveled off a little bit lately with an .897 save percentage during the month of November.
But that hasn’t stopped some particularly salty Bruins fans from publicly wishing Boston had held onto the young, affordable Jones as Tuukka Rask shuffled off to a slow start this year. Either way, Jones had an amused smile on his face while talking about the memories that never actually happened with the Bruins.
“Yeah, it’ll be exciting to come back to the old building,” said a grinning Jones, who was never actually played in a game against the Bruins or at TD Garden in his career. “It happened pretty quickly, so I don’t think it’s going to be too tough to play here.”
There clearly isn’t any bitterness on Jones’ part, as he got the chance to be a No. 1 goalie in San Jose and had no idea what was going to happen after the deal between the Kings and the Bruins. Initially it was suspected Jones was going to be one of the trade pieces used by the Bruins to move up into the first round to select Noah Hanifin, but once that fell through, Bruins GM Don Sweeney found an interested suitor rather quickly.
“I didn’t know. You never really know with those things. But I was fortunate to come to [San Jose] and now I’m having a pretty good year,” said Jones. “Everybody’s goal is to get a chance to play and contribute, but I was just focused on having a good summer of workouts getting ready for this season.”
The 6-foot-4, 187-pounder certainly wasn’t circling the November 17 game against the Bruins on his calendar once he was dealt away, but it certainly does make for an interesting footnote for Tuesday night’s Bruins/Sharks tilt.