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The Bruins have traded defensman Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen in a salary dump. Why did they need to dump any salary? Well, with plans to activate Marc Savard in the works, GM Peter Chiarelli needed to trim some space to fit in their 33-year-old concussed center under the $59.4 million cap.
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“This was one of the steps that we had to take as an organization to take care of the cap situation,” Chiarelli said. “This will be enough to activate Savard when he’s ready to play.”
With Hunwick and his $1.4 million salary heading to Colorado, Colby Cohen will head to Providence and not count against the cap. As a result, the Bruins are also “getting” Savard in the deal, in that they can now activate their center.
Savard told the media on Monday that he will not play Wednesday, but could return Thursday.
“[It was] another good day, and a little bit of work after, and continuing to progress,” Savard, who worked on battle drills with teammate Adam McQuaid, said. “Hopefully I’m going to get in soon, just around the corner.”
Cohen, a former BU Terrier under the legendary Jack Parker, was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Avs. He played his first NHL game this season, and got in three games overall. He tallied one goal in 14 games with Colorado’s minor league affiliate.
The defenseman was part of BU’s national championship team in 2009, and played for the Terriers from 2007-10. In his college career, he tallied 78 points (23 goals, 53 assists) in 118 games.
“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.”
To say Cohen is excited is an understatement. To say Bruins Nation is excited about Savard’s return is a dramatic understatement.