After it was reported last night that the Habs and Don Meehan were in discussions to extend Bouillon for one more year the Canadiens, the Habs made it official Wednesday morning. The cap hit is $1.5 million. Bouillon is not getting any younger, but he has provided stable and reliable defense throughout the season. He has also helped the young players tremendously so far.
Here is the official press release:
The 37-year old Bouillon played in each of the Canadiens 28 games since the start of the 2012-13 season. In his 13th NHL season and 10th with the Canadiens, he has recorded seven points (1 goal and 6 assists). He shows a +5 differential and 30 blocked shots. He ranks third on the team with 48 hits. Bouillon served eight penalty minutes and is averaging 18:01 of ice time per game.
Since making his NHL debut, the 5’ 8’’ and 197 lbs defenseman has registered 141 points (30 goals, 111 assists) in 704 regular season games. Seven of his goals came on the powerplay, one while shorthanded and he accounts for seven game-winning goals. Bouillon added nine points (2 goals, 7 helpers) in 41 career NHL playoff games.
Bouillon joined the Canadiens organization as a free agent on July 2, 2012.
Personally, I believe that Bouillon should be in the 7th defenceman role next season to give a spot to a young guy like Tinordi who has more of a future with the club. Even though he is having a stellar season this year, it is unknown how much Bouillon will have in the tank next season.