Boston Bruins Updates

By Bob Willwerth

The Bruins sign one, trade one, and pass on one of their past draft choices.

Milan Jurcina agreed to a professional contract on May 31 beating the midnight deadline. Jurcina will compete for a roster spot in 2003 training camp. He played well in Boston’s 2002 training camp but was sent back to junior where he enjoyed a good season. Realistically, Jurcina will play his first professional season in Providence of the AHL where he will gain needed seasoning. As previously reported, he will play in the NHL, this was recently supported in statements made by both Mike O’Connell and Jeff Gorton.

Darren McLachlan refused to sign a entry level NHL contract with the Boston Bruins and was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a fifth round draft choice. McLachlan was a relatively high draft choice and the bottom line is the Bruins traded a third draft choice for a fifth draft choice. He is another in a line of past draft choices who didn’t sign with Boston.

The Boston Bruins decided to pass on Jiri Jakes. It was reported here that the Bruins offered Jiri a contract, however the Bruins rethought their decision and made Jiri a free agent. Jakes had some good training camps with the Bruins but his play plateaued in junior and he became a marginal prospect.