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Nashville Predators sign Francis Bouillon to two year, $2.7M extension

Francis Bouillon, Eric Nystrom

Nashville Predators defenseman Francis Bouillon (51) knocks Calgary Flames left wing Eric Nystrom (23) off the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


The Nashville Predators signed Francis Bouillon to a two-year, $2.7 million contract extension according to TSN. What does this really mean? The world receives two more seasons worth of “Bouillon Cube” puns.

Bouillon played a career-high 81 games for the Predators in the 2009-10 season, managing to notch 3 goals, 11 points and a +5 rating. He saw a significant increase in ice time compared to his last couple years with the Montreal Canadiens, averaging 19:18 minutes per game for Nashville.

Going into the summer, it seems highly probable that the Predators will lose their sought-after third best blueliner Dan Hamhuis. With that in mind, it makes sense that the small market team would be eager to retain a guy like Bouillon for a cheap price.

Despite being relatively small for an NHL defenseman, Bouillon is considered to be one of the strongest pound-for-pound defensemen in the league. When you add “The Cube” to the mix, the Predators have four NHL-level blueliners wrapped up right now: Bouillon, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Kevin Klein.