February 29, 2012

Newcomer Zanon perfectly suited for Bruins' style

By Jesse Connolly

Given how today’s social media landscape has changed the definition of breaking news, the manner in which Greg Zanon learned he’d been traded by Minnesota to the Boston Bruins should come as a surprise to few. 

“With it being such a late transaction, I was actually downstairs with my kids just hanging out and I found out via Twitter,” a grinning Zanon told the Boston media on Wednesday, fresh off of his first practice with the Black and Gold. “It was a mad scramble to get things really organized, so I wasn’t able to get out until (Tuesday) morning. Obviously I’m really happy to be a part of this team and what this could be.”

The fact that the Wild parted ways didn’t shock the veteran defenseman, though he thought his tenure in Minnesota was going to continue after witnessing them deal away multiple rearguards leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday afternoon.

“In December, I was in and out of the lineup due to some injuries and I didn’t think I was really fitting in on the team,” said Zanon, who ranked second on the Wild in blocked shots before the swap. “I thought maybe something would happen then, but it never did and I kind of got back into the swing of things. We traded away a couple of our older d-men and I figured, ‘Oh, they’re probably going to hold onto me now.’”

Zanon, of course, figured wrong, but that’s hardly a bad thing for a tough-as-nails player who feels he’s built for Bruins hockey.

“I got a good chance to watch them through the playoffs last year, not being in the playoffs,” said Zanon. “That’s my style of hockey. They play that tough style. They like to get up and down the ice and they’re a good defensive team. That’s just the way I play my game. Hopefully I can fit in nicely.”

Zanon’s first shot to get into the lineup will come Thursday night when the New Jersey Devils visit TD Garden.

“Now that I’m here, the guys have been great just welcoming me in,” said Zanon. “Obviously (it’s good) having practice today and getting a feel for what we’re doing. Hopefully I’ll be able to get in the lineup tomorrow and show everybody what I’ve got.”