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Bruins adjusting to life without Matt Hunwick

11.30.10 at 2:18 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Johnny Boychuk doesn’t find it polite to talk on the phone during dinner, so when he was out to dinner with Milan Lucic on Monday, he stood a good chance of being out of the loop when the team traded defenseman Matt Hunwick.

Yet thanks to text messaging, and his mother, the blueliner found out right after the trade broke.

“She messaged me or something like that. She’s always on that stuff,” Boyhcuk said. “It was before [we] even knew, so it was right away. Kind of weird.

When Lucic found out, it meant losing a teammate he’s known since he entered the organization as a second-round draft pick in 2006.

“I’ve known him from the very first development camp back then, and I’ve been able to kind of grow with him in this organization. He’s done well for himself. He’s a good player and I wish him all the best in Colorado.”

With Hunwick the defensive core will see some shaking up, as Adam McQuaid, who has been a healthy scratch since the return of Boychuk from his forearm injury, will return to the lineup. It also means the team will have to respond to the ugly stretch (5-6-2) they find themselves in without a guy who’s been there for them.

“It’s always tough to see one of your teammates go, especially a guy like Matt. He was such a great teammate, such a great guy in the locker room. We all wish him the best, but it’s part of the business. We realize the importance of this coming week. We haven’t performed as well as we should, so it’s going to be a big week. We have to respond somehow and get better results. ”

The coach, meanwhile, isn’t happy to see his top skating blueliner go, but like the rest of the team, understands that it was something that had to be done for the sake of being able to activate Marc Savard.

‘€œIt was hard to let a guy go like that because he was our best skater back there, probably the guy that you leaned on the most to bring the puck up the ice,” Julien said. “‘€¦ We had to make some room. Those are things that are done for the situation of liberating some cap space.’€

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Marc Savard hopes to return by Saturday

11.30.10 at 1:48 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Marc Savard reiterated on Tuesday that he will not be playing when the B’s take on the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. He noted that though he’s not ready to get back into games just yet, he isn’t feeling particularly behind in any areas.

“I feel like I’m skating good, and battling with a 6-foot-5 guy [Adam McQuaid] every day, that’s helped out. I’m feeling good in all the areas. Still, the game’s going to be a different thing. I’m not going to have miracles in the first game, which I hope maybe I do. It’s going to be a little bit of time, but hopefully I can contribute every night.”

Asked about Saturday night’s game, Savard said, “That would be a lot of fun. Hopefully I can get in by then.”

Savard has been out all season with post-concussion symptoms.

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Former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen welcomes trade to Bruins

11.29.10 at 8:20 pm ET
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Bostonians, meet your not-so-new defenseman. After three years of playing under Jack Parker at Boston University, Colby Cohen was just a couple of months into his first season of professional hockey in the Avalanche organization before he was traded to the Bruins on Monday in exchange for Matt Hunwick.

Cohen has one assist in 14 games in the AHL this season and didn’t register a point in his three-game stint with the Avalanche. After playing for the Lake Erie Monsters will now suit up as a Providence Bruin. Though he’ll be an hour south of Boston for the time being, the Pennsylvania native is glad to return the region in which he played his college puck.

“I’€™m sort of lost for words right now because there’€™s not a better place that it’€™s going to happen,” Cohen told a pool reporter upon hearing of the move. “I loved BU. I never realized how much I loved it before I left, and I miss Boston in the worst way. If there was a city to be back in, that’€™s the city. So hopefully I’€™m hoping to be in Providence and play well and help the team win there and hopefully just wait for a call up to the Bruins. But I’€™ve seen quite a few Bruins games and I’€™ve played in the Garden quite a few times, and I mean, I miss Boston in the worst way.”

Cohen said he spoke to Terriers associate coach Mike Bavis after the trade and that Bavis was “pumped.” As for what the Bruins are getting in Cohen — the second BU defenseman they’ve traded for since the summer (David Warsofsky) — the 21-year-old hopes he can eventually provide the B’s with what they lost in Hunwick.

“I think that I’€™m like a two-way guy. I think that I’€™ve had a lot of success in my career as an offensive defenseman,” he said. “Obviously, I haven’€™t put up any points this year in Lake Erie or when I was in Colorado for a few games, but I just try to be a puck moving defenseman and make it easy on the forwards to get up the ice, and I try to join the play when I can and I try to use my shot as much as I can.”

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Peter Chiarelli says Bruins have salary cap room to activate Marc Savard when he’s ready

11.29.10 at 7:20 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that in moving the contract of Matt Hunwick, which they did in trading the blueliner to the Avalanche, will allow the Bruins to eventually activate center Marc Savard without going over the leagues $59.4 million salary cap.

“This was one of the steps that we had to take as an organization to take care of the cap situation,” Chiarelli said of the trade, which landed them former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen.

“This will be enough to activate Savard when he’s ready to play,” Chiarelli added.

Savard said that he would not be playing on Wednesday and was unsure of whether he’d be able to play on Thursday.

As for how much more money the team will need to clear or how many moves it will take to put the team in position to eventually take on Marco Sturm (less than $3.5 million given how far into the season it is) when he returns, Chiarelli didn’t tip his hand. Instead, he trusted the “capologists” of the media to come up with their own theories.

“We have another move to make, and we’ll leave it at that,” he said.

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Bruins trade Matt Hunwick to Avalanche for former BU defenseman Colby Cohen

11.29.10 at 6:24 pm ET
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The Bruins have traded Matt Hunwick to the Avalanche in exchange for Boston University product Colby Cohen. The move gets Hunwick’s $1.45 million salary off the books, as Cohen will report to Providence. Here is the press release:

BOSTON, MA – Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that Boston has acquired defenseman Colby Cohen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Matt Hunwick. Cohen will report to
Boston’€™s minor league affiliate in Providence (American Hockey League).

The 21-year-old Cohen made his NHL debut earlier this season for the Avalanche on November 6 and has skated in three games for the Avs this year. He also registered one goal and 12 penalty minutes in 14 games for Colorado’€™s minor league affiliate in Lake Erie this season. 2010-11 marks Cohen’€™s first full professional season after playing three games for Lake Erie at the end of last year.

Cohen skated at Boston University for three seasons from 2007-10 and helped lead the Terriers to the NCAA National Championship in 2009. For his career at BU, the 6’€™2’€™’€™, 200-pound blueliner recorded 25-53=78 totals in 118 games.

A native of Villanova, Pennsylvania, Cohen was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the second round (45th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Hunwick has appeared in 164 career NHL games (all with the Bruins) and tallied 13-32=45 totals. This season, Hunwick skated in 22 games and registered one goal, two assists and nine penalty minutes. The Warren, Michigan native played 163 games over four seasons at the University of Michigan from 2003-07 with 24-73=97 totals. Hunwick was drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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Bruins send Jamie Arniel back to Providence

11.29.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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With Jordan Caron and David Krejci (flu) back at practice on Monday, the Bruins announced that they have assigned forward Jamie Arniel to Providence.

Arniel made his NHL debut on Sunday night in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta. The 21-year-old logged 12:26 of ice time.

Marco Sturm still waiting to be cleared for contact

11.29.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Marco Sturm is certainly itching to get back into games, but unlike the case of Marc Savard, it seems he’s not nearing a return to the lineup as quickly.

Sturm has yet to be cleared for contact as he recovers from a torn ACL and MCL, which he suffered during the playoffs against the Flyers. He admittedly had a setback that came as a result of his traveling with the team to Belfast and the Czech Republic to begin the season.

“Just all the traveling set me back for a few weeks here,” Sturm said Monday, “So I’m just trying to catch up.”

Sturm never actually had to stop working out while overseas, but he said that the flying, as well as all of the walking in Europe led to swelling in his knee.

“It’s tough to say [whether I regret going on the trip],” Sturm said. “I think it was good because it got me closer to the guys, but it was tough because everyone went, all the doctors went too, so they always wanted me around there. We kind of knew it, too. We were hoping to battle it through, but it didn’t work out that well.”

The 32-year-old free-agent-to-be said that he does not have any doctors appointments planned as he looks to get cleared for contact, but he’s welcomed the opportunity to get more practice time in this week with the team. After getting back on the ice following a recent encounter with the flu, Sturm sees the physical aspect as the next hill he must conquer.

“It’s more the battle now, but I’m still not doing it, so that’s why I still have to wait a little bit,” Sturm said. “But that’s my last step to go, is to battle and get more practices with the guys, too. ”

Sturm hasn’t set a timetable on his return, and is instead focused on stringing together a positive week that could hopefully lead to contact drills.

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