A report out of Canada on Thursday said that the Nashville Predators have re-signed defenseman Francis Bouillon.
There was no official announcement from the team. TSN.ca said the sides agreed to a two-year deal worth a total of $2.7 million.
Bouillon was signed as a free agent (one year, $750,000) near the end of training camp last season. He appeared in all but one regular season game and finished with three goals and eight assists. The 81 games played were a career-high and the 11 points were his most in three seasons.
His average ice time of 19:18 was fifth among Predators’ defensemen and his plus-5 rating was fifth overall. He was second on the team with 162 hits and fourth with 96 blocked shots.
The decision to bring back the 34-year-old likely would indicate that team officials do not believe they will re-sign defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
With Bouillon in the lineup again, Nashville will have six of its top seven defensemen from 2009-10 under contract for the coming season.