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Bruins sign Finley, DiCasmirro among five

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, have agreed to terms on contracts with goaltender Brian Finley, defenseman Bobby Allen and left wings Nate DiCasmirro, Jeremy Reich and Dennis Packard.

All players were unrestricted free agents and, in keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Finley, 25, enters his fifth professional season in 2006-07 following four years in the Nashville Predators organization. A member of the Milwaukee Admirals’ Calder Cup championship team in 2004, Finley posted a record of 84-55-12 in 161 games with Milwaukee, including 18-7-2 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 32 outings last season.

The sixth overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Finley was 0-1-0 in two career appearances for the Predators.

Allen, 27, returns to the Bruins organization, which drafted him in the second round of the 1998 draft. Allen tallied four goals and 14 assists in 68 games with the Albany River Rats in 2005-06, and shows totals of 21 goals and 63 assists for 84 points in 305 career AHL games with Albany, Toronto, Hamilton and Providence.

A native of Hull, Mass., Allen reached the Calder Cup Finals with Hamilton in 2003. He has appeared in one career NHL game, with Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2002.

DiCasmirro, 27, spent the last four seasons in the Edmonton Oilers organization, and also went to the Calder Cup Finals with Hamilton in 2003. The product of St. Cloud State recorded 16 goals, 36 assists and a plus-27 rating (tied for third in the AHL) in 72 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2005-06.

DiCasmirro, a native of Burnsville, Minn., has registered 45 goals and 84 assists for 129 points in 270 career AHL games for Grand Rapids, Toronto/Edmonton and Hamilton. He also has 15 points in 44 career Calder Cup Playoff contests.

Reich, 27, had eight goals, 15 assists and a team-high 235 penalty minutes in 77 games for the Providence Bruins in 2005-06. He originally signed as a free agent with Boston last summer after five seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.

Reich has amassed 58 goals and 90 assists for 148 points, along with 1,089 PIM, in 410 career AHL games with Providence, Houston and Syracuse. The native of Craik, Sask., has played nine career NHL contests, all with Columbus during the 2003-04 season.

Packard, 24, recorded three goals and six assists in 46 AHL games with the Springfield Falcons last season, his second year out of Harvard. Packard totaled five goals and 14 assists in 93 games over two years with Springfield.

A native of Kingston, Pa., Packard was a seventh-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2001.