For Walpole’s Chris Wagner, being a Bruin is starting to sink in

Chris Wagner (l), Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelycyk (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Chris Wagner hasn’t had much time to think about playing for his hometown team.

The Walpole native was part of the Bruins’ squad that traveled to the O.R.G. China Games. Now that he’s returned to the Bay State and spent a few days on the ice with his new teammates at Warrior Ice Arena, it’s finally starting to sink in.

“It's been cool to see how much support I've gotten from the people around here, but you've got to back up the opportunity,” said Wagner, who will play in the U.S. for the first time as a Bruin against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center. “It's just really cool to be here.”

Wagner spent the majority of the last three seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and finished last year as a New York Islander, but every day is still a chance to prove himself with this new club. He knows he has to ― without regard to the fact he’s signed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract ― as there is a group of strong youngsters and a few veterans looking to push for playing time and regular spots in the lineup.