McEachern, Murray and Scatchard sign with the Bruins
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BOSTON--The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with right wing Glen Murray on a four-year contract, right wing Shawn McEachern on a two-year contract and center Dave Scatchard on a four-year deal, it was announced Tuesday by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. All players were unrestricted free agents, and in keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Murray, 32, was Boston's first pick, 18th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft following a standout junior career in Sudbury of the OHL. He played his first four pro seasons in the Boston organization before going to Pittsburgh with Bryan Smolinski for Kevin Stevens and McEachern on August 1, 1995. He played two seasons with the Penguins before a March 18, 1997 trade sent him to Los Angeles for Ed Olczyk and he played four-plus seasons with the Kings until his October 24, 2001 return to Boston with Jozef Stumpel for Jason Allison.
"I'm very excited to be back in Boston," said Murray. "The Bruins seem to be committed to doing some good things. It really is exciting to be back with the Bruins."
He has played the last three NHL seasons with the Bruins, scoring 30-or-more goals in each of those seasons, including career-highs of 44 goals and 92 points in 2002-03. He led the Bruins in goals and was second in the team's scoring race to linemate Joe Thornton in 2003-04 with 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points in 81 games. Murray did not play during the 2004-05 season.
The 6'3", 225 lb. native of Halifax, Nova Scotia has played 13 NHL seasons with Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles with career NHL totals of 268 goals, 255 assists and 523 points with 533 penalty minutes in 823 career NHL games. He has played in two NHL All-Star Games in 2003 and 2004 and has five 29+ goal seasons.
McEachern, 36, was originally drafted by Pittsburgh as their sixth pick, 110th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He turned pro in 1992 at the conclusion of an outstanding three-year college career at Boston University and one year with the U.S. National and Olympic Teams. He played four seasons with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles before coming to Boston with Kevin Stevens in an August 1, 1995 trade with the Kings for Glen Murray and Bryan Smolinski. He had 24-29=53 totals in 82 games with the Bruins in the 1995-96 season until a June 26, 1996 trade to Ottawa for Trent McCleary and a 1996 third round draft pick (Eric Naud).
"It's a great feeling to be back with the Bruins," said McEachern. "I'm really looking forward to playing with guys like Tom Fitzgerald, Hal Gill, Ian Moran and Glen Murray. It should be exciting."
He played six seasons in Ottawa, where he enjoyed his best NHL offensive season in 2000-01 with 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 points, before going to Atlanta for Brian Pothier on June 29, 2002. He has played the last two NHL seasons with the Thrashers and finished second in the team's scoring race in 2003-04 with 17-38=55 totals in 82 games. He played 16 games with Malmo in Sweden in 2004-05 with 1-2=3 totals and 26 PIM.
The 5'11", 200 lb. native of Waltham, Massachusetts has played 13 NHL seasons with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, Ottawa and Atlanta with 254-317=571 totals and 484 PIM in 883 career NHL games. He has scored 20-or-more goals in seven of those seasons and has twice topped the 30-goal mark with 31 in 1998-99 and 32 in 2000-01. He won a Stanley Cup championship with the Penguins in 1991-92.
Scatchard, 29, played three seasons of junior hockey with Portland of the Western Hockey League with 48-69=117 totals and 340 penalty minutes in 177 career junior games. Drafted by Vancouver as their third pick, 42nd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, he turned pro in 1996 following the conclusion of his final junior season when he joined Syracuse/AHL for their final regular season game and 15-game playoff run. He played the full 1996-97 season in Syracuse before moving to the NHL to stay at the start of the 1997-98 campaign. He played two plus seasons in Vancouver, scoring 13 goals in each of those seasons, before going to the New York Islanders with Bill Muckalt and Kevin Weekes in exchange for Felix Potvin and two draft picks on December 19, 1999.
The 6'3", 220 lb. native of Hinton, Alberta has played the last four-plus seasons with the Islanders, scoring 20+ goals in two of those years, including a career-high of 27 in 2002-03. He missed just four games over a three-season span from 2000-01 through 2002-03, but a dislocated shoulder limited him to 61 games in 2003-04 and he had 9-16=25 totals with 78 PIM in those contests. He did not play in 2004-05. He has career NHL totals of 107 goals and 115 assists for 222 points with 833 penalty minutes in 526 career games.
Scatchard elected to become a Group 5 unrestricted free agent, credited with ten pro seasons and scheduled to make less than the NHL average salary in 2004-05.