BOSTON, JULY 25 -- Brian Propp bid adieu to Boston Wednesday, signing a one-year deal with his old boss, Bobby Clarke, to play for the Minnesota North Stars.

Propp, 31 and an unrestricted free agent, could have remained a Bruin, but opted for better money -- about $250,000.

"I really liked Boston a lot," said Propp, who came to the Bruins March 2 when Clarke, then the general manager in Philadelphia, sent him here for a second-round draft pick. "And I think my time there worked out well for both sides. I think we helped each other."

If Propp had lived up to his billing, he would have been more of a goal scorer, and likely would still be a Bruin. Harry Sinden, Boston president/general manager, obtained Propp for his offensive potential, but watched him become more effective as a penalty killer.

"I think he did okay as a penalty killer," said Sinden, "But I traded for a goal scorer, and unfortunately he didn't do a lot of that for us."

In 14 regular-season games, Propp collected three goals and nine assists, and then was 4-9 -- 13 in 20 playoff games.He didn't show determined drive to the net, often going from game to game without any real scoring threats.

"That's the way they probably look at it," said Propp, contacted by phone at his home in Cherry Hill, N.J. "Then again, if everyone else could have had a couple of more goals, we probably would have won the {Stanley} Cup, you know? I think I helped them some with my experience, and with my defense. Sometimes stopping a goal is just as important as scoring a goal."