BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins have signed right wings Eric Nickulas and Garret Stroshein to one-year deals and defenseman Jay Leach to a two-year deal, the team said Tuesday.

Nickulas, 30, a 5-foot-11, 206-pound Cape Cod native who played for the University of New Hampshire, has 13 goals and 19 assists in 102 NHL games.

He was drafted by the Bruins in the third round of the 1994 NHL draft and spent three years playing for Boston and its AHL affiliate in Providence before signing with St. Louis as a free agent before the 2001-2002 season. Nickulas went to Chicago on waivers midway through the 2003-2004 season.

Stroshein, 25, played three seasons of junior hockey but was never drafted by an NHL team. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound native of Edmonton signed with Washington as a free agent in July 2003 and played in three NHL games at the end of that season. He spent last season with Washington’s AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.

Leach, 25, played college hockey at Providence College and was drafted by Phoenix in the fifth round of the 1998 NHL draft. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Syracuse, N.Y., signed with the Providence Bruins before last season and had four goals, five assists and 92 penalty minutes in 62 games.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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