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#51 - Francis Bouillon 2008-09


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Francis Bouillon: Cap Hit: 1,875,000$.

So he’s playing for a new contract…and it probably won’t be with the Canadiens unless he wants to take a discount on his market value. With the work that Bob Gainey has in front of him for next summer, chances are this could be the last year that Francis Bouillon skates in a Canadiens uniform. This is about the point where fans chime in with “Frankie’s over the hill anyways.” If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about Francis Bouillon it’s that when people count him out it’s usually when he performs best. Knowing that he won’t be a priority signing with the Canadiens will only motivate him to show his goods to the rest of the league. We also know he could definitely be used as trade bait. Bouillon is physically imposing at 5”8, 195lbs…sounds paradoxical, but it’s the truth. If he gets his skating back up to the level it was at before his horrible ankle injury a couple of years ago, he will return to form as one of the team’s most punishing hitters.

A great year for Francis Bouillon would be: 82 games, never being pulled from the lineup, moving up in the roster, and improving on his +9 from last season. We haven’t seen his very best over the last two seasons, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t play better than ever this year. He’s the type of player who thrives under minimal expectation, and given the pressure of earning an increase in his next contract I personally think we’re going to get a healthy dose of the old Bouillon…the one we all fell in love with. Being the club’s 6th defenseman, and bordering on sitting in the pressbox for a few games would be a disappointment for Francis Bouillon.

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Considering his contract status (final year, impending UFA) and the number of d-men we have in the system, this year will probably be Frankie B's last go-round with the Habs, which is unfortunate because I always liked the little bugger. When he stepped in and held his own against Orr last year, I nearly wet my pants. Pure heart.

That Boillion: He's always Beef , sometimes Gold, but never Chicken.

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Considering his contract status (final year, impending UFA) and the number of d-men we have in the system, this year will probably be Frankie B's last go-round with the Habs, which is unfortunate because I always liked the little bugger. When he stepped in and held his own against Orr last year, I nearly wet my pants. Pure heart.

That Boillion: He's always Beef , sometimes Gold, but never Chicken.

The writing does appear to be on the wall. I will be sad to see Frank go, he has served the organization well and given us everything he had.

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Hey, there's no guarantee that Frank the Tank is on his way out of Montreal. Mr. Gainey has a penchant for resigning defenceman for insurance purposes. Brisebois is a good example of that. There's no reason Frankie might not be back as a 5-6 guy for a few more seasons. Especially if Valentenko/Carle aren't yet ready. I suppose we shall see what THIS season offers first.

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Im pretty sure it's Brisebois last year, so unless 2 rookies jumps in next year (which i doubt, it's probably going to be 1 at the time) Franky could still be with us for another year or two easily.

This is Bouillon's last year on his current contract if I recall; barring a simply outstanding season, I'd be surprised to see him re-signed.

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the writing really is on the wall when it comes to the tank, with a powerhouse young dman in valentenko waiting to take over next season...

I agree. Not to mention Komisarek needing a new contract. On Habs Inside/Out Timmins talks as if getting Yemelin over is still a good possibility, as well. Jeez, between Weber, Yemelin, Valentenko, McDonagh, and co. we have too many good young players for Bouillon to hang around. I hope he has an exceptional season, but I think he's gone next year.

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Guy Carbonneau would never pair 2 rookies d man together.

no? you have been talking to guy? Emelin after this season will have played 5 seasons of pro hockey and will be 23.. he is 6'2 about 220 and mean as hell. a fine candidate to step in on our 3rd D pairing next fall

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no? you have been talking to guy? Emelin after this season will have played 5 seasons of pro hockey and will be 23.. he is 6'2 about 220 and mean as hell. a fine candidate to step in on our 3rd D pairing next fall

Although off-topic, where did you obtain those height/weight numbers on Yemelin? I thought he was much smaller.

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I love Frankie and how he plays for us,but I'd have to agree with most that this is likely his last season here because of the depth -in-waiting on defense.Several of them appear to be too good to hold down much longer so,space will have to be made to bring them up.I bet Frankie's current team-mates would prefer to see him bolt to the KHL rather than have to get hit by him wearing another uniform! :P

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no? you have been talking to guy? Emelin after this season will have played 5 seasons of pro hockey and will be 23.. he is 6'2 about 220 and mean as hell. a fine candidate to step in on our 3rd D pairing next fall

No i just happen to know the mentality of the montreal canadiens, name me a year where 2 rookie d man were paired.

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