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Josh Hennessy not treating callup like a vacation 02.14.12 at 11:47 am ET
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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.”

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Bruins call up Andrew Bodnarchuk, Josh Hennessy 02.13.12 at 5:57 pm ET
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The Bruins made a pair of callups Monday, recalling defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk in the morning and forward Josh Hennessy in the afternoon. Bodnarchuk practiced with the B’s Monday, while Hennessy is expected to be with the team for Tuesday’s morning skate.

In the case of the Bodnarchuk move, the team recalled the former fifth-round pick two days after sending Steven Kampfer to Providence. Kampfer has been up with the Bruins for the majority of the season but had played in only 10 NHL contests prior to his demotion. Experience is the biggest thing the B’s see as missing from the 23-year-old’s game, so they hope an extended stay in the AHL serves him well.

“We sent Kampfer down so he could play,” coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s practice at TD Garden. “It’s been a long year for him, and we’ve been fortunate enough to not have any real injuries back there. When you sit around that long, you lose a lot of your game, so we’ve got to get him back playing, just like we did with Jordan Caron. … Having done that, we’re heading on a big road trip and we needed a defenseman back up. I think Bodnarchuk’s done a pretty good job with us the few times he’s been up.”

Selected in the 2006 draft, Bodnarchuk has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 47 AHL games this season. He played five games for the B’s in the 2009-10 season

For Hennessy, the callup marks the first time in his career that he’s been summoned to the NHL level. He has 15 goals and 15 assists in 49 AHL games this season.

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Bruins sign forwards Jamie Tardif and Josh Hennessy 07.05.11 at 6:01 pm ET
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Shortly after announcing their trade for defenseman Joe Corvo, the Bruins announced a couple of depth signings, as they inked forwards Jamie Tardif and Josh Hennessy to deals. Tardif’s pact is for two-years, while Hennessy comes in on a one-year contract.

Tardif, 26, was a fourth-round pick of the Flames back in 2003. He has never played in the NHL and spent the last five seasons playing for Grand Rapids, the AHL affiliate of the Red Wings.

Hennessy, a Brockton native and 2003 second-round pick of the Sharks (43rd overall), has one goal in 20 career NHL games.

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