If there's one thing no one can argue, it's that Francis Bouillon is a hard working defender with the heart of a lion, although the reality is that he's no longer good enough to play in the NHL, at least not for the Habs.
The organization confirmed this morning that he will not be joining the team in 2014-15, as he has been released from his PTO and will not receive a contract offer.
There's no other way of saying it, this is great news for the team, and confirms they're willing to move forward with their youth, as they have previously stated.
It also means that Jarred Tinordi will be starting the year with the Canadiens, unless there are other moves before the start of the regular season.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Michel Therrien met Monday morning with Francis Bouillon to advise him that the Club will not be offering him a contract for the upcoming season.
In 52 games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Bouillon totaled six points (2 goals, 4 assists). The veteran defenseman added two goals and a +4 differential in nine playoffs contests.
Bouillon, 38, has produced 149 points (32 goals, 117 assists) in 776 regular season contests since his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1999-2000. He also suited up for the Nashville Predators. He has scored seven powerplay goals, adding one shorthanded goal and eight winning tallies. He has added 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 55 playoff games.
Francis Bouillon joined the Canadiens as a free agent in on July 2, 2012.