Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli chaired a media conference call this morning, and said that three of the club’s minor-league prospects, including former Boston College standout Chris Collins, have not been offered new contracts and all will be rendered unrestricted free agents as of July 1.
The downsized Collins, who turned into a dynamic goal scorer in his years at the Heights, played in 72 games this past season for Providence (AHL) and scored 22 times and added 19 assists. The previous year, his first as a pro, he spent time with both Long Beach (ECHL) and the Baby B’s. Now 24, he signed with Boston as a free agent in July 2006.
The Bruins also decided to set free forward T.J. Trevelyan and defenseman Nathan Saunders.
T.J. Trevelyan, 24, was signed as a free agent in August, 2006, following four strong seasons at St. Lawrence University. He collected 52 points in 60 games with Providence (AHL) his first pro season, then fell back to 18-20—38 in production this year. He signed with the Bruins as a free agent in August ‘06.
The 6-foot-3 Saunders, originally an Anaheim draft pick (No. 119 in ‘03), split this past season between Johnstown (ECHL) and Providence, where he collected six points in 31 games.