Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Leetch heads for Bean town
The Boston Bruins have signed free agent defenseman Brian Leetch to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not announced, but TSN has learned that it's a one-year deal for $4 million.
The 37 year old unrestricted free agent spent 17 seasons with the New York Rangers until he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2004 trade deadline. In 57 games with the Rangers, he had 13 goals and 36 points while tallying 15 points in 15 games for the Maple Leafs following the trade.
Leetch is the second-highest active scoring defenseman in the NHL with 996 career points entering this season, second only the Al MacInnis, and the second-highest scoring U.S.-born defenseman in NHL history behind Phil Housley.
The signing is a homecoming of sorts for Leetch who grew up in Connecticut and played one season of college hockey at Boston College in 1986-87. He earned Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in addition to Hockey East First Team All-Star and NCAA First All-American Team berths.