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Bruins acquire defensemen Skinner, Saunders

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, announced Monday that the team has acquired defensemen Brett Skinner and Nathan Saunders from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for center Mark Mowers.

Both Saunders and Skinner have been assigned to Providence.

Skinner, 24, is entering his third professional season after being selected by Vancouver in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In 62 AHL games with Portland and Omaha last year, Skinner recorded six goals and 18 assists for 24 points. He has 49 points (10g, 39a) in 127 career AHL contests.

A native of Brandon, Man., Skinner won back-to-back national championships at the University of Denver in 2004 and 2005.

Originally a fourth-round draft choice by Anaheim in 2003, Saunders has appeared in 36 AHL games over his first two professional seasons, tallying one goal and three assists. Saunders, 22, is a native of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and played his junior hockey with Moncton in the QMJHL from 2001-05.