Friday, July 25, 2008

Wild and Pierre-Marc Bouchard agree to a 5-year deal

Browsing through online hockey news sites late tonight, I came across this article in the Star-Tribune that is stating that Minnesota has locked up Bouchard to the tune of $20.4 million over 5 years.
The 24-year old C/RW was drafted 8th overall by the Wild in 2002. For a small frame, (5'10" 160-170 pounds) I'm suprised that Bouchard doesn't get injured more. Bouchard averaged 16:51 of icetime last season, which was the highest of his career, and he also scored his highest points total (13 goals 50 assists) 63 points.
Many still expect more of Bouchard, who tore up the QMJHL with the Chicoutimi Saqueneens prior to his start in the NHL. In 2 seasons there, he scored 84 goals and 235 points in only 136 games. Of course, they score in hoards in the QMJHL anyway, but still.
$4 million is a great deal for the Wild, in my opinion.

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