The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed veteran
defenseman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract extension worth $2.7
million. He has spent most of his career in Montreal, with the exception
of playing four games in Nashville in 2002 before signing with the
Predators in 2009. He appeared in 81 games last season, scoring just
three goals and eight assists on the season.
He’s never been considered an offensive threat, but has always been
one of the bigger hitters in the NHL. It’s a decent contract for the
veteran and gives the Predators some stability on the blue line moving
Here’s the press release:
Nashville, Tenn. (June
18, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General
Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman
Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract worth $2.7 million. The
Montreal, Quebec native will make $1.2 million in 2010-11 and $1.5
million in 2011-12.
Bouillon, 34 (10/17/75), played a
career-high 81 games for the Predators in 2009-10, ranking second on the
team – and among the Top 20 NHL defensemen – in hits (162), while tying
for third on the Predators in penalty minutes (50). He also posted 11
points (3g-8a), while averaging 19:18 per game a season ago, and played
in all six of Nashville’s 2010 Playoff games.
tenured member of Nashville’s defensive corps, the 5-8, 198-pounder has
played in 566 regular-season games with Nashville and Montreal since
1999, amassing 113 points (24g-89a) and 421 penalty minutes.
As if Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final couldn’t get any more dramatic, it has — Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos, who hasn’t played since Mar. 31, will make his playoff debut against the Penguins tonight.
Stamkos underwent vascular surgery in early April to correct a blood clotting issue, and has remained on blood thinners ever since. While there’s been no confirmation he’s off medication, he did tell Sportsnet he’d be able to return to the lineup once he was.
Stamkos reiterated that he’s still on the same prescription of blood thinners he was given earlier this month. He takes a 12-hour dosage, twice a day, and it has been suggested to him that once he is cleared to stop taking the medication, Stamkos conceivably could return to the Lightning lineup almost immediately.
That’s why I’m trying to stay in shape,” he said.
Per NHL.com, Stamkos took the warmup and participated in line rushes centering Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan.
It’s been exactly eight weeks since Stamkos played his last game. At the time of his diagnosis, the Lightning said his timetable for recovery was 1-3 months.
To say his return will be a boost is a major understatement. Aside from the emotional factor, Stamkos led the Bolts in goals this year, with 36, and would presumably spark a power play that’s gone just 2-for-12 in the series.
Steve Stamkos took the team bus to tonight’s Eastern Conference Game 7 in Pittsburgh. As TVA noted, it was the first time he’s arrived early for a game in these playoffs.
In his pregame presser, Bolts head coach Jon Cooper refused to answer any questions about Stamkos’ availability.
And then Stamkos took the warmup.
As such, the drama surrounding Tampa Bay’s captain has reached an all-time high. Stamkos, who’s been out of the lineup since early April due to blood clots, looks as though he’s on the verge of an emotional comeback as the Lightning try to win an ECF Game 7 — on the road — for a second consecutive season.
“If Stamkos is in the lineup, it’s our best foot forward,” Cooper said. “If he’s not in the lineup, it’s because he wasn’t eligible to play.”
No word if No. 91 is still on the blood thinning medication he’s been taking since undergoing vascular surgery on Apr. 4.
EDINA, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September.
Parise said Thursday he’s “happy with the way everything’s going.” He said he’s been able to work out as he normally does during the summer, despite missing the playoffs because of the injury.
Parise said there’s “no question” he’ll be ready to play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey tournament.
Parise joined teammates Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Nate Prosser, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker at an autograph signing to raise money for people affected by the wildfires in Alberta. The parents of Spurgeon’s wife, Danielle, lost their home to a fire in the Edmonton area.