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Veteran NHLer Bouchard signs in Swiss league

Jul 10, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Former Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has signed with EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Wednesday.

Bouchard, 30, split last season between the Isles, their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport and Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford (he was part of the trade to Chicago along with Peter Regin). What he hoped to be a bounce-back season proved anything but; Bouchard only played in 28 games for the Isles and while he had decent production — four goals and nine points — he posted a minus-9 rating and didn’t see a single game with the Blackhawks after being acquired.

It’s unfortunate, as Bouchard had what looked to be a promising career derailed by concussion issues. He averaged 59 points a season for Minnesota 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 the aforementioned concussion issues, though, as he missed nearly 150 games over a three-year span.

 

  1. nickbbenson - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Best of luck to Bouchard over there. He’s a class act.

  2. entitymn - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Good on you, PMB. Keep skating, and keep your head safe!
    -A Wild fan

  3. wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Glad to see he still has a passion for playing the game! Before the concussion issues, he was incredible to watch. Some of the passes and moves he made were downright ridiculous. Best of luck across the seas butch, and like entity said above, keep your head safe!

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Seriously, dude was one of my favorite players to watch.. A lot like Granlund, slippery with incredible vision. Best of luck to PMB.

      • wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        For sure man, I remember when he pulled the spin o rama on a breakaway! I think it was against the Islanders but it’s awesome that he did it 5v5 and not in the shootout. Will miss little bald #96

  4. guitarisgood4u - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I’ve been to about 12 NHL games, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone as fast as PMB circa 2007

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