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Predators sign Francise Bouillon to two-year contract extension

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The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract extension worth $2.7 million. He has spent most of his career in Montreal, with the exception of playing four games in Nashville in 2002 before signing with the Predators in 2009. He appeared in 81 games last season, scoring just three goals and eight assists on the season.

He’s never been considered an offensive threat, but has always been one of the bigger hitters in the NHL. It’s a decent contract for the veteran and gives the Predators some stability on the blue line moving forward.

Here’s the press release:

Nashville, Tenn. (June 18, 2010) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract worth $2.7 million. The Montreal, Quebec native will make $1.2 million in 2010-11 and $1.5 million in 2011-12.

Bouillon, 34 (10/17/75), played a career-high 81 games for the Predators in 2009-10, ranking second on the team - and among the Top 20 NHL defensemen - in hits (162), while tying for third on the Predators in penalty minutes (50). He also posted 11 points (3g-8a), while averaging 19:18 per game a season ago, and played in all six of Nashville’s 2010 Playoff games.

The most tenured member of Nashville’s defensive corps, the 5-8, 198-pounder has played in 566 regular-season games with Nashville and Montreal since 1999, amassing 113 points (24g-89a) and 421 penalty minutes.