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B's Acquire Saunders and Skinner in exchange for Mowers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -  Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday that the Bruins have acquired defenseman Nathan Saunders and defenseman Brett Skinner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for center Mark Mowers.  Both Saunders and Skinner have been assigned to Providence (AHL).

Originally drafted by the Ducks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Saunders split time between the August Lynx (ECHL) and Portland Pirates (AHL) last season.  He appeared in 59 games for the Lynx where he tallied one goal and 13 assists and played 16 games for Portland recording three assists.  He saw action in 261 games for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL from 2001-2005 and registered 14-73-87 totals with 794 penalty minutes while with Moncton.  The 22-year-old Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island native made his professional debut with the Portland Pirates in the 2005-2006 season.

24-year-old Brett Skinner was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round (68th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft before being dealt to Anaheim on March 9, 2006.  He played for three different teams in 2006-2007, including the Portland Pirates (AHL), Augusta Lynx (ECHL) and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (AHL).  Skinner won back-to-back National Championships with the University of Denver in 2004 and 2005.  His first professional experience came with the Manitoba Moose during the 2005-2006 season where he recorded 4-21-25 totals in 65 games.

Mowers established career highs in games played (78), goals (5) and assists (12) as a member of the Bruins last season.  For his NHL career, Mowers has played in 261 games between Nashville, Detroit and Boston and has notched 17 goals and 44 assists.  Mowers was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 6, 2006.

Following the move the Bruins have 30 players remaining in training camp.
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