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Boston signs Tardif, Hennessy

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club, parent team for the AHL’s Providence Bruins, has signed forward Jamie Tardif to a two-year contract and forward Josh Hennessy to a one-year contract.

Tardif, who served as the captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins for the past two seasons, tallied career highs in goals (27), assists (27) and points (54) in 77 games played in 2010-11. In five seasons with the Griffins, Iowa and Manitoba, Tardif has 78 goals and 76 assists for 154 points in 319 games played.

The Welland, Ont., native was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Hennessy is returning to North America after spending the 2010-11 season in Switzerland playing for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. The 25-year-old Brockton, Mass., native tallied 9-10-19 in 36 games for the club.

Originally drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Hennessy has skated in 20 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, registering one goal and four penalty minutes.

The 6-foot, 198-pound center has played five AHL seasons with Cleveland and Binghamton, notching at least 20 goals each year and totaling 123 goals and 153 assists for 276 points. Hennessy participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2007.