Josh Hennessy not treating callup like a vacation
|02.14.12 at 11:47 am ET|
Josh Hennessy is happy to be back in the NHL. The Rockland native hasn’t played at this level since the 2009-10 season, when he played four games for the Senators.
After being called up Monday to joing the team on its upcoming six-game road trip, the 27-year-old doesn’t know whether he’ll find his way into the lineup, but he’ll use his past experience to handle the situation as best he can.
“I think I’m more mature and a little bit more responsible defensively,” Hennessy said after taking part in the Bruins’ morning skate Tuesday. “I might have been more one-dimensional then.”
Asked whether he was viewing the callup as a reward or an audition, Hennessy felt the it was a little of both.
“This is why I play,” he said. “This is why I’ve played forever, so I’m not just going to act like I’m on vacation. I’m going to try to make an impression in any way possible and help this organization in any capacity. I’m just absolutely thrilled to be here.”
B’s coach Claude Julien hadn’t gotten to speak to Hennessy before meeting with the media Tuesday morning, but he likes what the Bruins have in Hennessy. Through 49 games in Providence, Hennessy leads the Baby B’s with 15 goals.
“We knew when we got him that he was a pretty good player. …A skilled player,” Julien said. “I think he’s done a pretty good job in Providence.”
Julien said that Hennessy getting into the lineup “could be a possibility,” either as a potential replacement for an injured player or otherwise.
“You don’t want guys getting comfortable,” Julien said, “but at the same time, if there’s an injury on this road trip, it’s a lot easier to bring that guy along if he’s been around the team than to just fly him out and expect him to jump in there and do the job.”