Habs release Bouillon from PTO

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Montreal parted ways with veteran d-man Francis Bouillon on Monday, releasing the 38-year-old from his professional tryout.

Bouillon, who had been battling for Montreal’s seventh d-man spot, spent 11 of his 15 NHL seasons with the Canadiens and rejoined the club in 2012 following a four-year stint in Nashville. He appeared in 52 games last year, scoring two goals and six points and played nine times in Montreal’s run to the Eastern Conference Final.

With Bouillon out of the mix and Davis Drewiske waived last week, Montreal appears to have its core of seven defensemen for the upcoming campaign: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin, Tom Gilbert, Nathan Beaulieu, Mike Weaver and Jarred Tinordi.