One Up: Michael Bournival Signs Extension

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It was not without injuries and setbacks but Michael Bournival has made his claim on a spot within the Montreal Canadiens organization for at least one more year.  The 23 year old Shawinigan native will be on a two-way deal but will have to clear waivers in the event of being sent down to the minors.  In the event of such an instance, the likelihood that he would be claimed is considerably high.

 

In his limited time on the main roster Michael Bournival has played and produced in a manner that would suggest that he not be sent back to the minors in the first place but someone on the coaching staff seems to have missed this.  Michael Bournival’s play suggests that he could be a solid second line winger –his stint with Plekanec and Gionta was a considerable success– or a tremendous third liner.

 

Bournival’s hands are what need to take the big jump but his legs are simply incredible.  His stride is graceful and efficient, making him able to translate his skill oriented style into the usual board play this team is relegated to as he will so often win races to loose pucks.  Until the dump and chase is abandoned, such an upside will be even more essential to this team.

 

Bournival embodies the current state of the Canadiens: highly skilled and underutilized.  Someone is going to break through this season and take a tremendous jump forwards, possibly multiple guys.  Bournival has to be considered one of the leading candidates to do exactly that and he has a window of approximately 365 days to perform.

 

The deal is for $600,000 at the big league level and $125,000 at the minor league level.

 

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