Every Bruins fan who followed the team to their Stanley Cup win in 2011 knows the importance of one seasoned vet, Mark Recchi. This Bruin retired happy after winning his third Stanley Cup, first with our Bruins in only his second full season on the team.
The Bruins tried to replicate the effect Recchi had on their team last season, re-acquiring Brian Rolston from the Minnesota Wild. Rolston retired with the lockout, but it looks like the B’s haven’t given up on how important a seasoned vet can be to a team when they signed Jay Pandolfo.
This thirty-eight year old spent his career with the New Jersey Devils. He was drafted by the team in 1993, and remained until the end of the 2010 season, playing 881 games. In his run with the New Jersey Devils, Pandolfo collected not one, but two Stanley Cup Champion rings in 2000 and 2003.
Pandolfo signed a Professional Tryout Agreement with the Boston Bruins at the start of this season, allowing him to join the Bruins for practice and travel, but not game play. Then on February 12th, he signed a one year two-way contract.
“He’s going to bring us some depth, obviously his role in the last couple of years has been penalty kill and fourth line speed – savvy, veteran savvy – so he’ll have the same role with us,” Peter Chiarelli told the media [x].
Growing up in Burlington, Massachusetts, Pandolfo was a Bruins fan from the get go. “Obviously I’ve been skating with them every day, but now to be officially apart of the team means a lot. I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be fun.” [x].