Hope at last? Bruins activate D Leetch

Updated: November 28, 2005, 12:22 PM ET

KANATA, Ontario -- The struggling Boston Bruins on Saturday activated veteran defenseman Brian Leetch in the hope that the future Hall of Famer will provide a boost to their slumping offense.

Leetch, who was activated from injured reserve prior to Boston's game at Ottawa on Saturday, had been sidelined since Nov. 1 with a strained right MCL.

The Bruins have dropped seven of their last eight and went 3-6-1 in Leetch's absence.

Signed as a free agent on Aug. 3, Leetch has recorded three goals, five assists and 12 penalty minutes in 14 games with Boston.

The 37-year-old spent the first 17½ seasons of his career with the New York Rangers before being traded to Toronto in March 2004, winning the Calder Trophy in 1989, the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1994 and the Norris Trophy in both 1992 and 1997.

In order to make room for Leetch on the roster, the Bruins assigned rookie defenseman Milan Jurcina to Providence of the American Hockey League.

The 6-4, 235-pound Jurcina registered one assist in 10 games.