|A championship signing…||09.03.08 at 2:51 pm ET|
With the opening of training camp coming up in two weeks, the Boston Bruins added some veteran firepower on Wednesday, with the hope of also tapping into some Stanley Cup championship karma.
General manager Peter Chiarelli announced the signing of center Stephane Yelle to a contract. Terms of the deal were not released.
The following, however, was by the team…
A 12-year veteran of 844 regular season games and 154 postseason contests, Yelle comes to the Bruins having won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.
Yelle made his NHL debut during the 1995-1996 season with Colorado and played in all 22 of the Avalanche’s playoff games during their Stanley Cup title run. During his rookie year in 95-96, Yelle tallied a career best 13 goals and 14 assists in the regular season and added one goal and four assists in the playoffs. When the Avs captured the Cup a second time in 2000-2001, Yelle again appeared in every playoff game (23) and registered a goal and two assists in the postseason to go along with 4-10-14 totals in the regular season.
He played a total of seven seasons in Colorado, appearing in 505 games with 54 goals and 89 assists.
Yelle spent the last five seasons with the Calgary Flames. On October 1, 2002, he and Chris Drury were traded by Colorado to the Flames in exchange for Dean McAmmond, Derek Morris and Jeff Shantz. During those five years, Yelle contributed 31 goals and 65 assists. Last season, Yelle tallied three goals and nine assists in 74 regular season games and added two goals in seven postseason contests.
The 34-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native was originally drafted in the 8th round (186th overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, Yelle was dealt to Quebec on June 1, 1994 and then relocated with the franchise to Colorado on June 21, 1995.
His team has missed the playoffs only once in his 12-year NHL career (02-03 with Calgary).
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