Bruins sign winger Satan

January, 2, 2010
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BOSTON -- Free-agent winger Miroslav Satan has signed with the Boston Bruins and will be at the team's practice on Sunday, Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Saturday.


As of Saturday evening, the team had not issued a statement concerning the move.

Julien said Satan was in town Saturday and skated with a couple of his new teammates.

"He's a guy who has shown that he's capable of scoring some goals, so we hope he's going to provide some of that and also some competition," said Julien. "With [Milan Lucic coming back, him coming into our lineup eventually, there's no doubt there's going to be some stiff competition and some tough decisions on my part. But you've heard me say that before, I'd rather have hard decisions than no decisions to make at all."

Satan, 35, is a veteran of more than 1,000 NHL games and has scored 354 goals. He's a long way from his lone 40-goal season (1998-99 with the Buffalo Sabres) but he scored 35 as recently as 2005-06 with the New York Islanders and chipped in 17 goals in 65 games for the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins last season. The offensively challenged Bruins rank 27th in the league with just 2.5 goals per game.

The deal is a one-year contract for $700,000 with a no-movement clause, according to TSN.ca.

Loose pucks

The Black squad beat the Gold team, 9-5, in the Legends Classic Saturday at Fenway Park. Jay Miller recorded a hat trick … Before the game, Hall of Famer Cam Neely said he wasn't looking forward to skating against his former Bruins teammate and current front-office colleague Don Sweeney. "He could probably still be playing in the NHL. He's in incredible shape and he's very competitive," said Neely. Neely found that out firsthand early in the game when Sweeney knocked Neely down with a hip check … Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk said he hasn't skated in a year and a half, so he opted to just coach for the Gold Team against comedian Lenny Clarke … Former Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch once took batting practice at Yankee Stadium (in an indoor batting cage because the tarp was on the field) so the Legends Classic continued his historic ballpark tour. "All these old stadiums. I watched the Winter Classic at Wrigley last year. I was hoping they'd be able to get one at Yankee Stadium before it closed. But to be here at Fenway is unbelievable," said Leetch … Julien's pregame prep included eating a chicken nugget offered by Kiefer Sutherland, which was a thrill because the coach and his wife are big fans of "24." Julien was paired on defense with Sweeney in the first half and Sutherland in the second.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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