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added 1:54pm, it took some time, but trade is now official, Buffalo release is below.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
The seeds were planted for Matt Hunwick to become a Toronto Maple Leaf three years ago when the lockout was still gripping the National Hockey League.
Hunwick, then a member of the Colorado Avalanche, was training at the Barwis Methods gym in Plymouth, Mich., with fellow University of Michigan alum, Jack Johnson. Also working out at the facility was then-head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and future leader of the Leafs, Mike Babcock.
Babcock had seen Hunwick play collegiately at Michigan, but got to know him best during those days in the gym. He saw the intensity, determination and professionalism and the reports he got back - from Wolverines coach Red Berenson as well as the gym's strength coach - were all positive.
Hunwick was a good pro and good man, they told him.
So when Babcock became involved in his first free agency as Leafs coach this past summer Hunwick's name was at or near the top of the list. "I said 'we got to get him'," Babcock recalled.
From the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
As the rebuild continues, the Maple Leafs might not be much better, even under Mike Babcock. But the star coach will make sure that at least they put up a fight.
"Two things that irritate me the most are lack of preparation and lack of compete," he said. "That's not happening. We're going to get that fixed."
The Leafs should be motivated by playing for a new coach and needing to impress a new general manager, Lou Lamoriello. Phil Kessel's already gone, and almost no one on the roster is untouchable.
Management brought in several players on one-year, "prove-it" contracts. Shawn Matthias signed for US$2.3 million, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau $1.5 million, Matt Hunwick $1.2 million, Mark Arcobello $1.1 million and Brad Boyes $700,000.
They also have players with a year left on their deals, like centre Nazem Kadri, defenceman Martin Marincin (acquired from Edmonton) and winger Michael Grabner (acquired from the Islanders).
Toronto probably won't contend for a playoff spot, but it won't be because players aren't trying.
"We're not going to lose because of lack of effort this year," Kadri said. "It's something that's going to change. We're going to be a skating team, a team that is going to move quick and with pace."
From the Boston Bruins:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,
Matt Hunwick has been transported from Ristuccia Arena via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. Claude Julien said Hunwick has been hospitalized because of a spleen ailment.
Hunwick arrived at the rink this morning for a team meeting. Hunwick looked fine when he walked into the rink. According to Julien, Hunwick started feeling ill after he arrived, prompting the training staff to call for an ambulance. Two fire trucks and two police cars also arrived at Ristuccia.
“He didn’t feel very good, so our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance,” Julien said. “Hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on.”
added 12:14pm, via Elliotte Freidman at Twitter,
Hunwick taken to hospital with spleen injury. Julien says, “It appears to be under control.” Trainer wanted to take no chances.
added 7:45pm, Hunwick had his spleen removed and recovery is several months. Best wishes for a full recovery.
from John Grigg of the Hockey News,
...But there’s one under-the-radar player who is fast making a name for himself around the NHL and coming up in Calder chatter (at least when I’m involved) – Boston defender Matt Hunwick.
The 23-year-old native of Warren, Mich., is an alumnus of the U.S. National Team Development Program and the University of Michigan. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder started this year – his second pro season – with the American League’s Providence Bruins, but was called up after just two games. His first NHL game this season came on Oct. 15, but then he sat out until November. When Andrew Ference fractured his leg, Hunwick got a chance to be a regular and has only missed one game since.
After failing to register a point through his first five NHL games this season, Hunwick reeled off a six-game point streak in which he tallied three goals and eight points. He currently has three goals, 14 points (tying him for 10th among rookies with Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan) and is plus-13 in just 21 games.