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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Habs extend Francis Bouillon, plus some other good reads

Greetings Habs addicts!

Photo credit: CBC.ca
Big news (pun intended) out of Montreal on Wednesday!  The Montreal Canadiens extended the contract of 38 year old, 5'8" defenceman Francis Bouillon on Wednesday. His extension is a short one (pun intended), just one-year at 1.5 million.

I like this signing. Its nothing flashy, nothing risky; just a solid depth move by GM Marc Bergevin. Bouillon has bought into coach Michel Therrien's system and he has played well, contributing 1 goal, 6 assists with a plus-6 rating in his 29 games thus far this season.  Frankie has also worked well with the younger players on the team, recently paired up with callups Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi.

This is a no-risk signing.  If he is out-played next year in training camp and the pre-season by our younger players, he'd become a solid 7th defenceman who can fill in for injuries or just sit in the press-box as a depth scratch.  For 1.5 million, there's nothing wrong with that.  The Habs are paying four times that to Tomas Kaberle to do the same thing this season.  Bouillon wants to retire in Montreal and I would be shocked if he doesn't stay within the organization either as an assistant coach or in player personnel capacity after his playing career is over. While TSN did report he is a Montreal native, truth be told he's a New Yorker. But he's certainly adopted Montreal as his home.

Good for you, Frankie!!


Some other good reads I've had this week include:

Mitch Melnyk's game recaps are always insightful:  Good, Bad, and Ugly - Take 29 (Buffalo recap)

Habs Addict's own Fred Poulin provided some insight on the Habs North American Prospects.

HabsWatch provided us with a very detailed Mid Season Report Card.

And for comic relief: Brandon Prust gives a towel to the off-ice official after a fight. (YouTube)


Nick M. is a transplanted Montrealer, currently living in evil LeafLand. He is a weekly contributor here at habsaddict.com and give him a follow, as he can often be found rambling on Twitter.

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