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Agent: Capitals, others interested in Bissonnette

Aug 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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We’re into August now, so naturally most of the unrestricted free agents that will get contracts this summer have already been signed. There are still players out there looking for work though, including former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette.

That might change soon though as the Washington Capitals and four to five other teams are interested in him, according to Bissonnette’s agent, Mark Guy, per the Washington Post.

Bissonnette was something of a fan favorite with the Coyotes and is one of the most popular NHL players on Twitter. At the same time, the Coyotes used Bissonnette sparingly during his tenure and now that he’s a free agent, he’s hoping to find a team that might have him play regularly.

“He wants to be in a position where he can compete for a solid fourth-line position and be a great team guy,” Guy said. “He wants to be in an organization where there’s a chance to win, as most guys do, and looking forward to showing how hard he’s worked to improve his skill level and skating over the last couple years.”

The 29-year-old forward is never going to be a major scoring threat, but he wants to be seen as more than just a fighter. He’s already started to move in that direction as he only dropped the gloves three times last season.

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  1. stixzidinia - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    There’s still a solid need for a guy like him with regard to protecting top line skill players, but i’m skeptical he’ll find a landing spot that will give him regular minutes. Where he lands (if anywhere) he’ll probably be scratched for more than he plays.

  2. jonnyhammersticks - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Take it with a grain of salt due to the small sample size, but in 39 games last season he had 8 points despite averaging under 5 minutes on ice per game. That puts his production at 23:08 last season, meaning he averaged a point for every 23 minutes of ice time. This puts him in the same category as guys like Towes, Bergeron, and Gaborik despite having no power play time. In 2012-13 his production was also solid at 25:19.

    Obviously his skillset couldn’t touch those guys with a ten foot pole but maybe he’s not just a scrub also.

  3. argofckyourself - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Lmao…classic Canada overpaying for their own overrated players. Subban is a fool in the defensive zone and got exposed against the Rangers. Gonna look forward to years of watching my team skating circles around that human pylon.

    • govtminion - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      More power to you, but this isn’t about Subban.

  4. vbcaps - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I could see him in Washington so Tom Wilson doesn’t have to fight and can focus on his development and not just a scrapper

  5. banger60 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Rangers always need alittle more toughness, just saying.

  6. cliffatola - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    I hope he goes anywhere in the Eastern Conference and then chirps Milbury before each broadcast on twitter just to piss him off before he does a broadcast.

  7. pjblake2redwings - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Bizz is a bum. A fighter who doesnt want to fight anymore.. If you want a twitter star just to hype your fans and plays 20 games a year then sign him

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