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Hunwick comments on new deal

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 21, 2009 05:40 PM

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Matt Hunwick, owner of a two-year, $2.9 million extension, concluded a conference call in which he proclaimed himself fully healthy and looking forward to start 2009-10.

"I think I got home Wednesday or Thursday, then started training on Friday," Hunwick said. "I took my rest in the hospital. From that point, it's been slowly coming back. By the middle of June, I felt 100 percent. I have my wind. My weight is starting to come back. I have absolutely no limitations right now. I'm training just as hard as I did last summer. The spleen's been a non-issue."

Hunwick dipped to as low as 177 pounds following the removal of his spleen. Hunwick currently weighs 196 pounds and hopes to arrive in camp at 198 pounds or heavier. Hunwick started skating earlier this month back home in Michigan.

"Matt had a very courageous year and a good year," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "He proved himself to be an NHL player. He performed well when he had his chance. His style of play, grittiness, compete level, and his offensive bent have certainly allowed him to fit in well to our mix."

* Phil Kessel is the only remaining restricted free agent yet to sign. The Bruins would have to clear salary to re-sign Kessel. "Certainly Phil is a type of player that if it comes to a point where I have to make a move to get him in the mix, I will certainly do that," Chiarelli said.

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