Rinaldo: I don't plan on taking stupid penalties


When the Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2017 third-round pick, it was somewhat of a head-scratcher that didn't exactly seem to sit too well with Bruins fans.

After all, Rinaldo is a player who last season was suspended for more games (eight) than points scored (six), after charging Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Last year, he finished with 102 penalty minutes. In 2014, his 153 penalty minutes ranked fifth in the NHL. 

In his three-year career, the 25-year-old has been suspended three times.

On Tuesday, Rinaldo met with Boston reporters for the first time and said he plans on cleaning up his style of play.

"[My game] is going to change in a better way for the team,” Rinaldo told Bruins.com. “I don’t plan on getting suspended; that’s the last thing I want to do. I don’t plan on taking stupid penalties; that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt my team.

“Changing for the better will happen. More opportunity, a different role, perhaps, and I’m open to anything to help the team win.

Rinaldo also acknowledged that he'll still be the same tough player he's established himself as, but that he's going to blend that with smarter play on the ice.

"I’m bringing an energy — I’m bringing life every game, home and away,” Rinaldo said. “I’m going to be the rough, tough Zac Rinaldo, but I’m also going to add in more hockey sense. I’m going to be shooting the puck, I’m going to be blocking shots, I’m going to be creating more opportunity offensively, whether that be for myself or for my teammates — the little shot off the pad here and there can lead to a rebound to get a goal. The smart chip, the smart dump to get a good forecheck — it’s all going to tie into [helping] to win a hockey game."

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