No surprise here...Bouillon has played pretty well and depth on D is important.
Just don't expect a pay cut. He's a respected vet who has matched or exceeded expectations this year. He will get at least the same on a 1 year deal, possibly even a small raise. The only way his cap hit goes down is if its a 2 year deal but lets hope Bergevin doesn't go there.
But i agree with those who say that he will have to expect to sit some games next year if we have a reasonably healthy D.
As a #7 d-man rotating in and out, sign me up. I have no problem against that.
If he's anything more than that in your mind when you re-sign him though, you're falling in love with your team. And it's the biggest mistake a GM can ever make.
In the top-6 group though, I'd let to have a clearer identity/balance. We lack of grit and size on the backend. We could desperately use some more big bodies. One option could be to just dump Gorges and his contract. Can anyone say he's making that big of a positive difference on the PK this season? And he looks like he has tons of trouble to clear the puck/win puck battles for a defensive minded d-man. We're just talking...
He's been fine this year, but I don't see his value next year. I know people will say he's a good insurance policy, but he won't be used as a #7. He'll probably end up playing top 6 minutes and 2nd unit PP time.
Like the signing. Short term, salary is the same. He is a hometown guy, & plays hard.
We donít know what Bergevinís plan is like. Bodies could move. What if we run into injuries? What if Markov goes down again? Would you rather have Pateryn & St-Denis plug the holes?
Tinordi is already here and Beaulieu has some more seasoning in the AHL.