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Francis Bouillon: Staying or Going?

  • The Canadiens are expected to be active in the free agent market which takes off July 1st.

    The Habs are also expected to lose a few familiar faces this summer.
    Depending how you feel these can be considered important players.

    Niklas Sundstrom is leaving the NHL to return to Sweden. Sundstrom’s play has been declining for quite some time and he can no longer play a regular role at the NHL level. Few people if any will be shedding tears that Niklas is gone.

    Jan Bulis on the other hand is a little different. Bulis doesn’t feel appreciated in Montreal and will be leaving the Habs.

    Bulis became a healthy scratch and was on the trade block for much of last season. For whatever reason Gainey is less than impressed with Bulis but it’s rumored to be an attitude issue. Bulis showed signs of being a good player but his consistency and effort were not always there. He had his chance and his time as a Hab is just about done.

    The real disaster would be to lose Francis Bouillon. Contract talks are moving slowly and Bouillon might test the free agent waters. Out of all the players mentioned Bouillon is the one that can’t get away. Bouillon is one of the more consistent defenseman with a heart much bigger than his size. If everyone put forth the same effort the Canadiens would be a hard team to beat.

    Unless the Canadiens plan to bring in a big name Defenseman to play 25+ minutes they should not let Bouillon get away.

  1. Ribeiro, Zednik, Sundstrom and Bulis are garbage.
    Let’s free up some cap space and sign Jason Arnott and a #1 d-man.

    I agree we cannot let Bouillon get away, that’s one small guy with a lot of heart!

  2. #2 fruuum says:
    June 28, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Sure, keep Bouillon for 2 years at 1 mil a year. Also, trade Aebischer for Havlat. Get rid of Ribeiro for sure. The Zednik case is less clear, he still has a one year 1.9 million deal left on his contract. He was one of the very top point and goal-scorers for the canadiens 2 of the last 3 years. Last year he got injured and so was mediocre, but showed some talent in the playoffs. The problem with Zednik seems to be that he doesn’t get aong very well with some of his teammates (recall problems with Kovalev, and a fist-fight with another canadien a couple of years back), and this might influence a trade.

  3. #3 fruuum says:
    June 28, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    It can also be mentioned that Zednik would be playing his last year as a canadien next year, and players usually put up an extra effot the last year of their contracts in order to get better deals that summer.

  4. #4 J-Nic says:
    June 29, 2006 at 10:44 am

    I hope bouillon stay in montréal, but may be he is hopping to get a little more than 1 million a year.

    A lot of you are talking about bringing Arnott to montreal. I am not sure it would be good, that player is in the end of his carreer, he is getting slower and his accurency is not improving. Not sure he would help the canadians right now. At least not like we are hopping for. We had enough old guys here, times to let the youngs one a place and let them PLAY cmon !

    For Zednik, I hope he move out. But it might not be this summer. 1 year left to his contract, he might start in montreal, let him prove he want more money so he gonna play more again and then you might have a better trade if you add other players to it.

    Well, I hope we get a great team again :)

  5. #5 joey says:
    June 29, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    I think we are going to sign Bouillon. Bouillon loves Montreal and he will stay here. This is the same cat and mouse game Kovalev played last year when he waited til the end to sign. Gainey did not budge then, and he will not budge now. Gainey offers reasonable not outragesly low prices, enough so the player might get angry but not enough that he leaves Montreal …

    The only time Gainey shows weakness is for goaltenders. He gave Theodore too much money, and Huet is slightly overpriced. This is because he cannot affort to play hard ball with the goaltenders since if he loses, there is really nobody that he can fall back to …

  6. #6 Habs All The Way! says:
    June 29, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    I still think that Mike Reberio is the biggest waste of money and ice-time on the Habs, and most likely in the NHL. He should be traded ASAP.

    I think that Gainey should try to aquire a great d-man, and therefore not sign Boulion.

    Jason Arnott would be a perfect fit to the 2nd line. He would provide strength in the corners, and get the puck to Kovalev.

    The 1st line is locked up for sure, Koivu, Higgins and Ryder were perfect together.

    I also think that Zednik should be traded for a draft pick. This will allow some of the very young players such as Chipchura, Latendresse, Perezhogin and Plekanec to have more ice time, and develop into stars faster.

    Congrats to Patrick Roy for making the HHOF
    GO HABS GO!!!

  7. Bouillion is worth 1.25 mill for two years. He is hard nosed and does so many little things. SIgn him and bring in another D. Rivet has to go. I know alot of people like hikm but he turns the puck over too much; He was responsible for alot of goals including Stillmans ot winner. WHo is out there? Arnott would be okay but there must be better. Lagenbrunner is a no no. ANy suggestions for forwards?

  8. #8 CH tattooed on the heart says:
    June 30, 2006 at 10:50 am

    The Habs should definitely keep the services of Bouillon. He was among the leaders in bodychecks and blocked shots around the league. I’ve also heard that the Habs and Blue Jackets are in the midst of trade talks which would see Sheldon Souray and Alexander Perozhogin leaving in return for Nikolai Zherdev. I would say go for it. Zherdev is an amazing prospect that put up 27 goals and 54 points while having a lazy centerman (Federov). He’s currently a restricted free agent.

  9. #9 kazmojo says:
    June 30, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Zherdev sounds intriguing; might fit in nicely on the right side of Kovalev:

    But of course, the Habs have their own lazy setup guy (Ribeiro).

    In other news, the Lightning landed Marc Denis, so the Aebischer-to-Lightning rumours are probably dead. Also, Chara is supposedly going the UFA route. Trading Souray would leave a hole — but more than filled by Chara. He’d be very expensive though.

  10. #10 Habs#1 says:
    June 30, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Look all you fans that think that Latendresse is going to make the team (Habs All The Way!). GET REAL! After the terrible year he had in the QMJHL and at the World Juniors(that was an absolute disaster) Gainey is not going to put him on the team. He’s only 19 and he will have to go the long way to the bigs through the Juniors and the AHL.

    Chipchura is going to spend his time in the AHL now first.

    Looks like the Habs are in for a bidding war for Arnott with Nashville and Toronto but I think the Habs would have the inside track since he’s buddies with Gainey, Carbs and Muller.

    As for Bouillon, there are plenty of other defencemen out there if Bouillon wants too much and by what he’s reportedly asking for, 3 years 1.5 million per season, that’s a little pricey for a 30 year old number 5 defenceman.

  11. #11 CH tattooed on the heart says:
    July 1, 2006 at 4:37 am

    Habs’ Nation, I’ve heard that Bouillon has been seeking a major raise in range of $2 million. And according to RDS, Gainey is to make Patrick Elias an offer. He’s seeking top money, like $7-8 million/year. The Habs still have to sign Higgins, Ryder, Komisarek, Perozhogin, Danis, Bouillon, Ribeiro(depending on what there gonna do with this grade A bum)as well as Aebischer and they have a little less than $16 million do it with. Gainey has to unload some of these free-loading knuckle heads like Zednik, Ribeiro, Aebischer. That’s about $5-6 million to free up for good free agent signings. Bob send these bozos packing, they already look like tourists on the ice.

  12. As of Friday night, the Canadiens did not have a deal completed with defenceman Francis Bouillon. The soon-to-be-free agent is seeking a deal worth $2.2 million a season, the Habs are offering $1.7 million a season. – RDS

  13. #13 cote11 says:
    July 1, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    habs finished the deal on bouillon now what we need is some offence.

  14. well, the Canadiens, and Mr. Gainey, blew it again! As usual all the players they wanted to get,-GONE! It seems quite odd that Gainey does this to the Montreal fans every year! He says he is going to be active in the free agent market, and then HE DOES NOTHING! talk is cheap! Action speaks louder than words! I guess he’s all talk only! I personally think Gainey is a horrible GM! We need someone who is aggressive, and not afraid to make moves! As long as he is GM, don’t expect a decent team! Maybe Mr. Gillett has no money to spend, or maybe nobody wants to play in Montreal! I don’t know anymore. But, it’s very frustrating to see all these good players going to other teams, especially teams in your own division!

  15. #15 Jack says:
    July 2, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    As I noted in my separate blog, you guys need some patience. Paying too much for FAs will only get us more Theos and not enough Huets and Bouillons. I don’t want to heap too much trust on Gainey, but I find little fault with his decisions so far. No question, other teams’ signings are frustrating, but the signings are less exciting than the game on the ice, so let’s stay real!!
    Hopefully there are some excellent trades coming up, let’s see what happens…

  16. Ihe game won’t be exciting on the ice, if you don’t have any offence to score goals for you! Where is the offence going to come from? We are at best a 1 line team, that is if Kovalev comes to play. That’s not the case every night. Also, we don’t know the status of Koivu for the upcoming season. There are lot’s of question marks. Also will Huet be a flash in the pan? I don’t think the Canadiens will be competitive this seaon, and I think the Bruins and Toronto will be much improved. Too bad I can’t say the same for the habs. It’s time for Gainey to make some moves before it’s too late

  17. #17 Omg says:
    July 4, 2006 at 2:09 am


  18. True, we do have a few under achievers, but also we have some talent, such as Higgins, Ryder, Samsonov, Kovalev. But honestly, that’s where it ends. It’s hard to make deals when nobody wants your players. Who, in their right mind would want Ribeiro? or Bonk? NOBODY! We have to work with what we have, and hope we find a diamond in the rough from our up coming minor teams, right?The future is from our younger prospects, not our already established players. Fans must be patient! It won’t happen overnight, but possibly 4-5 years down the road. The key is PATIENCE!

  19. #19 R habs 4 real says:
    April 5, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    HABS better hope the leafs don’t win! I knew the habs wouldn’t show up! They never do, right? Something is very very wrong with this team!
    Let’s trade the whole team!

  20. #20 R habs 4 real says:
    April 13, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Let’s hate Toronto, Canadian documentary says

    Fri Apr 13, 07:32 AM EST

    By Jennifer Forhan

    TORONTO (Reuters) – The dislike of Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, in the rest of the country runs so deep that a filmmaker has made a documentary about it.

    “People in Toronto are soulless, one-eyed corporate zombies,” Joey Keithley, of the Vancouver punk band D.O.A., says in the film, “Let’s All Hate Toronto.”

    The 73-minute film, which premieres at Toronto’s Hot Docs documentary festival next week, follows a character called Mister Toronto, who embarks on a cross-Canada trip brandishing a sign that reads “Toronto Appreciation Day” and steels himself for the onslaught.

    His tour leads from Newfoundland on the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific city of Vancouver, where feelings against Toronto — usually acknowledged as the country’s financial center and the cultural capital of English Canada — run deepest of all.

    “There is something different (about hating Toronto). People are more passionate about it,” filmmaker and co-director Albert Nerenberg said in an interview.

    “People have a grudging respect for New York outside of the city, and have a grudging respect for London. But people outside of Toronto don’t have that for Toronto, they really don’t.”

    Nerenberg, who is from Montreal, got the idea for the film from a 1956 publication with the same name as the movie.

    He said collective dislike of a city is not unique to Canada, and said he might like to make similar films on other countries’ love-hate relationships with major cities.

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