|Former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen welcomes trade to Bruins||11.29.10 at 8:20 pm ET|
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.”
|Peter Chiarelli says Bruins have salary cap room to activate Marc Savard when he’s ready||at 7:20 pm ET|
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.
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.