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12-02-2012, 08:05 PM
Rob Scuderi
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D, Philippe Boucher

Playoff Numbers: 65 GP, 4-10-14 PTS, x1 Stanley Cup ('09)

Overpass's adjusted numbers: 748 GP, 65-155-220 ESP (24 per season) / 42-86-128 PPP (14 per season, 39% usage, 1.00) / 33%PK, .89

70s Vs #2 Defensemen Scores: 76, 61, 51, 44, 44, 40 = 316

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Boucher spent much of his early pro career developing in the minors and never played extensively in Buffalo. In February 1995 he was a key component in the trade that saw L.A. Kings goalie Grant Fuhr end up with the Sabres. Boucher began to work on his defensive play the next year and became a more important figure on the club's blueline. Boucher spent nine seasons in the L.A. organization splitting his time with the team's AHL and IHL affiliates.

Known for his offensive prowess and hard accurate shot, Boucher became a free agent in 2002-03 and the Dallas Stars jumped at the opportunity to sign the former first rounder. Boucher spent five seasons in Dallas which included his breakout year in which he tied the Stars' franchise record for most goals by a defenseman with 19. His injury plagued 2007-08 season turned out to be his last with the organization as the club dealt Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Darryl Sydor. A move that would prove fortuitous for both Boucher and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June.
Originally Posted by - 7/2/2002
"He is a well-rounded defenseman who plays a strong physical game as well as a player who can move the puck on the power play," Dallas coach Dave Tippet said.

Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 11/17/2008
Still, adding an experienced, right-handed shot to their power play certainly can't hurt, and Boucher is responsible enough defensively that he shouldn't be a liability in his own zone, either.

"A guy like him who can move the puck and also shoot the puck well certainly can help us," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.

Although Boucher is 6 feet 3, 221 pounds, he is not regarded as a punishing hitter. He can, however, use his size effectively. "He's not a soft guy," Shero said. "That may have been his reputation when he came into the league a long time ago, but he's a big body and will play somewhat physically. He's not a killer or anything like that. He's not going to take over [Orpik's] job, but he gets in the lanes, gets in the way."

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