Going ... going ... Shean

Francois Beauchemin (left) gets pinned to the boards by Shean Donovan in this April 23, 2006...

Francois Beauchemin (left) gets pinned to the boards by Shean Donovan in this April 23, 2006 photo.(CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh)

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:24 PM ET

That the Flames didn't even ring him comes as a surprise to Shean Donovan.

But that pales in comparison to the shock he received yesterday. On Day 2 of free agency, Donovan became a former Flame by signing a two-year deal with the Boston Bruins with a salary of $925,000 per season.

"I told everyone in my family, 'Don't even wait for me to sign anywhere,' " said the 31-year-old right wing from his summer home outside North Bay. "I figured they'll go after the big boys and it would be a month or so before they got to me.

"It's exciting to go to Boston. I was a big Bruins fan growing up. I wear No. 16 because of Rick Middleton."

The signature puts an end to his stint in the Stampede City -- two-plus seasons during which he set a career-best with 18 goals in 2003-04 and made it to the Stanley Cup final.

The writing was on the wall after this spring's playoff run came to an end with the first-round departure at the hands of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

"They didn't even call," Donovan said of the Flames. "At the end of the season, nobody was too happy, so we just packed up and got out of there. It's a little sad to leave. It's kinda funny how quickly it went by. I never even thought about being a free-agent until a few days ago."

He's looking forward to joining a Bruins team that has been very aggressive the first couple of days of free agency, signing defenceman Zdeno Chara as well as former Flame Marc Savard.

"That'd be nice to be on his line," Donovan said of Savard. "I might get a few goals. I just go to the net with my stick down."


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