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BREAKING: Caps Acquire Jurcina

Per TSN.ca, the Caps have acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina from the Bruins for conditional pick in 2008 (read Vogs' recap of the conditions here).

More later, but my first question is will he continue to wear #68 in D.C.?

UPDATE: Here's TSN's scouting report on him:
Assets: Is a natural when shooting the puck from the point. Owns a huge frame, sound two-way instincts and all-around upside.
Flaws: Must play with more passion and utilize his tremendous size to his advantage.
Career potential: Top four defenseman.
Here's what the natives (our natives, that is) are saying, as well as what some of their natives are saying (spoiler: they hate the deal).

My first reaction is that this is a low risk, medium reward move and a good stop gap - why not? My second reaction is that we probably shouldn't expect Brian Pothier back any time soon.

UPDATE: Vogel adds more, as does Spector.

UPDATE: Jurcina himself chimes in:
"I'm disappointed," said Jurcina. "I like it here in Boston, a great city, I love everything, and the fans. It's disappointing to go, but it's probably good. Washington has young defensemen, not the older, experienced guys. It'll be a great group of young guys and it'll be fun on the ice."

When asked if it bothered him that he was dealt for a reported fourth-round pick, Jurcina said: "It doesn't matter to me. I could have gone for nothing to somewhere else, the main thing for me is to get a new opportunity."

"It's all about ice time," said Jurcina, who showed up at the Garden around 3:45 to collect his things. "If you don't get the ice time you can't show what you can do, so that's probably the main thing. The coaches were great, the system was great, it's just when things are not going well [it's time for change]."

In Washington, Jurcina will be reunited with fellow blueliner Shaone Morrisonn. The pair played together for the P-Bruins during the 2003-2004 season.
UPDATE: Here's The Score's take (and I think I may change the name of this blog to Jurcina's Rink... lordy):
What does it give the Washington Capitals?
In Jurcina, the Capitals add a towering presence for their future blueline. Still raw, Jurcina may not see a lot of ice time in the second half with Washington. That's because the team is still in the thick of the playoff chase in the Eastern Conference, and also because Jurcina has struggled badly in Boston this season. However, the Caps should benefit from having Jurcina on their blueline down the road. An excellent value trade by Washington.

What does it give the Boston Bruins?
This move is a little puzzling from a Boston perspective, since Jurcina was perceived to be a building block along the Bruins blueline. However, he regressed badly over the course of the 2006-07 season and was seeing little ice time in his final days as a Bruin. That said, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli should have been able to get greater value than a fourth rounder for a 23-year-old hulking defenseman with loads of untapped potential. Bad move by Boston.