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Steady Hnidy adds to Bruins’ depth

“He’s been around. I think the biggest thing he helps we out with is to not get too frustrated after a goal, a chance or maybe a bad game. He’d been there, he’s done that. He’s been around so he knows to just stay calm and keep things simple.”

That mentor role is another one Hnidy fits well. When he broke into the NHL with Ottawa earlier this decade, veteran Curtis Leschyshyn took then 25-year-old Hnidy under his wing. And so Hnidy tries to do that with Stuart, Matt Hunwick and the rest of his youthful teammates in Boston.

“I think when they come in, coming into that situation, especially when you aren’t getting minutes, you have to really focus one shift at a time and go out there and not overthink it, staying in the game and keeping it simple,” Hnidy said about his sage advice. “They all know how to play, they’ve all got the skill level and it’s been great.”

As the Bruins’ injured blueliners continue to heal, Julien will be faced with some tough line-up decisions. Hunwick’s play could force Hnidy to the sidelines. Hnidy knows there’s always someone coming for his job and he can only control his own play. Regardless, he’s looking forward to contributing to continued success in Boston and then keeping his career on the upswing for the foreseeable future.

“My strongest years have been these last three,” he said, “and I’ve still got a few more ahead.”

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