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Isles sign Bouchard: one year, $2 million

Jul 5, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders continued to stay active in free agency on Friday, signing longtime Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one-year, $2 million deal.

Bouchard, 29, was Minnesota’s first-round selection (eighth overall) at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, debuted at age 18, and appeared in 565 regular-season and 21 playoff games for the club.

A talented scorer and good set-up man, Bouchard posted three 55-plus point campaigns from 2005-08 and finished 20th in the NHL in assists (50) during the 2007-08 campaign.

The later stages of his career in Minnesota were marred by concussion issues — he missed 149 games from 2009-12 — but he did rebound to appear in 43 contests last season, scoring 20 points, and had two points in five playoff games against Chicago in the opening round.

This season marked the final year of Bouchard’s five-year, $20.4 million deal signed in 2008.

Prior to signing Bouchard, the Isles re-signed goalie Evgeni Nabokov and nabbed former Senators forward Peter Regin.

  1. vstar1us - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Bouchard will be missed, I am a crazy Wild fan and Bouchard was always one of my favorites happy for him and happy for NY Islanders!

    You got a good one for that price.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Bouchard will not be missed much, he did not play well at all after the concussion, and yes I am a Wild fan have season tickets so saw the way he played many times.
      He was good about 8 years ago but his play has declined a great deal.
      He really was not worth the 4,2 mil a year, maybe thats part of why he did not get that kind of money in NY plus the concussion issue was his problem
      Dont get me wrong, I wish him the best of luc k in NY HE was a nice guy but the concussion issue really hurt his career….

      Maybe Clutterbuck had something to do with his signing with the Islanders????

  2. edenprairieballer - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Bouchard is only 29?!

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