Julien on Hunwick: ”We hate to part with him”

WILMINGTON — Greetings, Black-and-Gold blog dawgs, from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins are going through the paces prior to boarding their afternoon flight to Philadelphia.

Next game: Tomorrow night vs. the 15-6-4 Flyers.

Today’s lines:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Mark Recchi-Patrice Bergeron-Blake Wheeler
Jordan Caron-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Marco Sturm-Marc Savard-Daniel Paille

Update: Just asked Savard about how he feels, in terms of wind, timing and stamina, and he said he doesn’t feel short in any of those categories. Also, following the workout, he sounded as if he could be back very soon — possibly as early as Saturday night’s game in Toronto.


”That would be a lot of fun,” said a lighthearted Savard, yet to play this year because of lingering concussion symptoms. ”Hopefully, I can get in by then.”

D pairings

Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Mark Stuart-Adam McQuaid

First workout in the wake of Matt Hunwick (D) being shipped Monday night to the Colorado Avs, for ex-BU blueliner Colby Cohen.

Update: Lucic was out to dinner with Boychuk Monday night when word came down that Hunwick was dealt to Denver. Their source: Boychuk’s mother.

”She emailed him,” said Lucic. ”That’s how we both found out.”

The abruptness of it all, said Lucic, reminded him of his days in junior hockey, when he was lunching with his best pal and roommate, Kenton Dulle.

”He was one bite into his burger,” recalled Lucic, ”and he got the call that the GM wanted too see him. That was it.”

More deals to come from Bruins front office. Roster room has to be made to accommodate Sturm, who remains rehabbing from off-season knee surgery. If he can get back to full fitness, Sturm has the kind of speed off wing that Bruins desperately need at the moment.

Update: Coach Claude Julien, who spent Monday in Montreal to attend services for the late Pat Burns, was somber when he addressed the matter of Hunwick’s trade. Hunwick, noted the coach, was the quickest and best defenseman when it came to advancing the puck out of the defensive zone.


”A good player and a great person,” said Julien, noting that he exchanged text messages the night before with Hunwick. ”We hate to part with him, but what are you going to do?’

Hunwick’s cap figure, upward of $1.5 million, made it all but impossible to keep him with the club in light of needing to make room for Savard’s return. It’s also clear that the Bruins will look to acquire another defenseman, once they work out all the moves they must make to put Sturm back on the roster.

Word around Buffalo this morning is that the Sabres have an agreement in place to sell the club to Terry Pegula, the billionaire who recently ponied up $88 million to build a rink at Penn State and fund a Div. 1 hockey program for the Nittany Lions. Reported selling price: $150 million.

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