Bittersweet return for Hunwick

BOSTON -- Former Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick was a healthy scratch for the Avalanche in his team’s 1-0 win Monday afternoon, which just meant more time for Hunwick to think about what could have been. Hunwick played 22 games for the 2010-11 Bruins before being traded to Colorado last January for defenseman Colby Cohen.

Hunwick said that while he watched Monday’s game from press level he was definitely thinking of his time in Boston, and while he is happy with his new teammates, he knew that his former ones had the potential to go all the way.

“You know I was up there today thinking back to that series with Philly and blowing that 3-0 lead and I just knew even after that, those guys had the tools to do it,” Hunwick said. “I knew we had a good team then and that experience only made us stronger, so I knew that they were destined for something big. I was happy for them for sure, but obviously coming back here it’s bittersweet because I could have been part of that.”

Watching the Bruins' Stanley Cup run was so bittersweet for Hunwick, he said, that decided to go on a 10-day canoeing trip in the middle of the Eastern Conference finals and made sure he shut down all sources of communication.

“Honestly, I didn’t care to watch really,” said Hunwick, who per league rules did not get a ring or his name on the Cup. “I took off for western Ontario for a canoeing trip and had no cell phone or Internet for 10 days. When I got back, it was already Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals and I saw the Bruins had won. I watched some of that series but it was hard. Like I said, I knew they could do it. But I am so happy for those guys and I called the guys I keep in touch with to wish them my best. They have a great team and they will be tough again this season.”