Bruins Sings Shane Hnidy And Kirk MacDonald To Contracts


BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced
today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Shane
Hnidy on a one-year contract. Per club policy, the financial terms of
the deal were not disclosed. Hnidy is with the team in Vancouver,
however he has not been cleared to play by the team's medical staff due
to a shoulder injury suffered during training camp with Phoenix. He had
been with the Bruins on a tryout basis since Wednesday, February 23.
Hnidy will be available to the media Saturday night in Vancouver after
the team bus arrives to Rogers Arena at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT.

Chiarelli also announced that the club has signed Providence Bruin Kirk
MacDonald to an NHL contract. MacDonald was previously on an AHL
contract and will remain with Providence (AHL).

Hnidy has not played an NHL game this season and was in training camp
with the Phoenix Coyotes this preseason. The 35-year-old has appeared in
547 NHL games, with 16-55=71 career totals and 631 PIM. He most recently
played in the NHL in the 2009-10 season with the Minnesota Wild, where
he registered 2-12=14 totals and 66 PIM in 70 games.

For two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09), Hnidy skated in 108 regular
season games for Boston, with 4-13=17 totals and 86 PIM. He also
appeared in 14 playoff contests with the Bruins over his two seasons,
with 2-1=3 totals. The Bruins originally acquired Hnidy on January 2,
2008 from the Anaheim Ducks with a 6th-round draft pick (Nicholas
Tremblay) for Brandon Bochenski.

Hnidy, a 6'2″, 204-lb native of Neepawa, Manitoba, was originally
drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 7th round (173rd overall) of the
1994 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to Boston, Minnesota and Anaheim, he
has also played for the Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators, and
Atlanta Thrashers. He played his junior hockey in the Western Hockey
League, spending a total of five seasons with the Swift Current Broncos
and Prince Albert Raiders. In the WHL, he amassed 327 games played,
31-122=153 totals and 498 PIM.

MacDonald, who has yet to make his NHL debut, has 12-15=27 totals and 31
PIM in 60 games this season for Providence (AHL). In 177 career AHL
games, MacDonald has 32-29=61 totals and 107 PIM.

A 6'2″, 199-lb native of Victoria, British Columbia, MacDonald was
originally obtained by the Providence Bruins when he signed a
professional tryout agreement on February 22, 2009. He went undrafted
after playing four seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC),
where he had 47-56=103 totals and 144 PIM in 137 career games from

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TRANSACTION: Boston Bruins sign Shane Hnidy to a one-year contract and
Kirk MacDonald to a NHL contract

Shane Hnidy, Defenseman:
Date Of Birth: November 8, 1975
Career NHL regular season totals: 547 games played, 16 goals, 55
assists, 71 points, 631 penalty minutes
Career NHL postseason totals: 37 games played, 4 goals, 2 assists, 6
points, 27 penalty minutes

Kirk MacDonald, Forward:
Date Of Birth: December 18, 1983
MacDonald has not appeared in an NHL game.