But really, Bouillon/Gorges is what every team dream as a 3rd pairing. A pair that can take minutes so that the top pair isn't overwhelmed or overused, and a pair that won't put your team in trouble if you use it.
Few teams have the luxury of being able to say they can stick any pair of D down there in key moments and be confident in their ability to hold the line.
Bouillon gives the Habs that. He's +9 for god's sakes.
As simple as that. He might not be as important as Hamrlik but still, he solidifies our defensive corp and adds some solid bodychecking to a defense that doesn't hit a lot.
I feel more comfortable with him on the blue line than with Streit (except on the PP of course), or Brisebois.
Thats overrating the guy quite a bit. I dont want to start another debate but in or out of the line-up, he's not a difference maker on this team. I remember 2 years ago the team went on a 10 game winning streak without him in the line up to make the playoffs. Is absence doesnt make a difference on why the team wins or loses. He's a great depth D-man to have around, nothing more.