|Assets:||Built like a tank, he demonstrated great work ethic and didn't shy away from anyone--despite his small stature. Had solid leadership skills and was inspirational. Could log a lot of ice time. Killed penalties with aplomb.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't produce many points. Can run into problems when handling the puck around the league's most dangerous forwards. Will always be under constant scrutiny because of his small frame, as injuries are an issue.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy, overachieving defensive defenseman.|
|9/25/2015||Announced his retirement.|
|10/14/2014||Signed with the HC Ambri-Piotta of the Switzerland National League A.|
|10/06/2014||Released from training camp by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|9/12/2014||Invited to training camp by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|3/20/2013||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract extension.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|2/02/2012||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|1/23/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/08/2011||Missed 5 games (groin).|
|10/25/2011||Missed 7 games (post concussion).|
|10/04/2011||Post concussion, injured reserve.|
|5/09/2011||Missed the last 37 games of the regular season and all 12 playoff games (upper body injury).|
|1/31/2011||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/18/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|6/17/2010||Re-signed by the Nashville Predators to a two-year contract.|
|1/11/2010||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|9/30/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators to a one-year contract.|
|9/22/2009||Signed by the Nashville Predators to a professional tryout contract.|
|4/22/2009||Missed 2 playoff games (groin).|
|4/18/2009||Missed 24 games (groin).|
|2/21/2009||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/20/2008||Missed 5 games (leg injury).|
|10/08/2008||Leg injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/19/2008||Missed the last three games of the regular season and the first five games of Round One against the Boston Bruins (right ankle injury).|
|4/01/2008||Right ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|11/08/2007||Missed 4 games (shoulder injury).|
|10/30/2007||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|11/22/2006||Missed 19 games (knee surgery).|
|9/14/2006||Knee surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2006||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a three-year contract.|
|4/18/2006||Missed 15 games (ankle injury).|
|3/20/2006||Ankle injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/18/2006||Left leg injury, left Saturday's game.|
|8/02/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|11/15/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Leksands IF (Sweden-2).|
|4/01/2004||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/05/2004||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|2/03/2004||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|5/29/2003||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|3/04/2003||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|2/21/2003||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|2/06/2003||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|10/25/2002||Claimed off waivers from the Nashville Predators.|
|10/25/2002||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|10/23/2002||Placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators.|
|10/04/2002||Claimed from the Montreal Canadiens in NHL Waiver Draft.|
|8/02/2002||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|1/12/2002||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|11/10/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|11/07/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|9/28/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|8/01/2001||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|3/03/2001||Recalled from Quebec (AHL).|
|2/22/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|2/21/2001||Missed 23 games (sprained ankle).|
|12/31/2000||Sprained ankle, late February.|
|12/15/2000||Missed 13 games (hand injury).|
|11/17/2000||Hand injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|9/30/2009||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators.|
|10/25/2002||Claimed by the Montreal Canadiens off waivers from the Nashville Predators.|
|10/04/2002||Claimed by the Nashville Predators from the Montreal Canadiens in NHL Waiver Draft.|
|6/28/1998||Signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
Francis Bouillon not ready to retire yet | 05/31/2014 1:38 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactThe 38-year-old defenseman said he isn't ready to retire yet, so he'll probably be looking for employment elsewhere in a couple of months. Bouillon skated in 52 games with the Canadiens during the regular season and he appeared in nine playoff matches.
Francis Bouillon scores in his return | 05/26/2014 10:33 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon found the back of the net during Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4.
ImpactHe was appearing in his first contest since Game 2 against Boston. The goal was his second of the postseason and it could keep him in the lineup for Game 5 on Tuesday night. Bouillon finished the match with 12:23 of ice time.
Francis Bouillon to replace Beaulieu Sunday | 05/25/2014 1:42 PM
NewsAs some anticipated, it looks like Francis Bouillon will replace Nathan Beaulieu in the Montreal Canadiens' lineup against the New York Rangers in Game 4 on Sunday.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactThis isn't a move that should have been fantasy implications, although Bouillon enters a series where the Rangers have dominated many stretches. He'll need to be up to speed right away.
Francis Bouillon could be back in for Sunday | 05/24/2014 2:29 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon might be in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactHe practiced with Mike Weaver Saturday, which could mean that Nathan Beaulieu will take a seat in the press box. Bouillon hasn't played since Game 2 of the opening round versus Boston.
Habs' Bouillon still sitting in the press box | 05/20/2014 8:04 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens again in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Game 2 against Boston, as Montreal went with Doug Murray for a little instead before switching to youngster Nathan Beaulieu recently. Bouillon has one goal and a plus-4 rating in six playoff appearances.
Francis Bouillon scores in Thursday's victory | 05/02/2014 8:04 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon found the back of the net in Thursday's double overtime victory over Boston.
ImpactThe Canadiens took a 1-0 lead in the series even though it wasn't Bouillon's tally that held up as the game winner. He scored at the 12:09 mark of the third period, but the Bruins fought back to tie the game in the final two minutes of regulation. The undersized, tenacious blueliner has five hits, five blocks and a plus-6 rating in five playoff contests.
Francis Bouillon scores rare goal in loss | 04/09/2014 10:27 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon enjoyed the rare experience of scoring a goal for the Canadiens in a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night.
ImpactBouillon is not exactly known for his goal-scoring prowess, as this tally was just his second of the campaign. In his career he has notched just 32 markers despite having suited up for 775 career games. Dale Weise also scored a goal for Montreal in the defeat.
Francis Bouillon projects to play vs. Boston | 03/12/2014 8:36 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon is slated to return from the press box on Wednesday night.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Feb. 8 when he played against Carolina. In 38 games this season, Bouillon has four assists, 54 hits and 56 blocks.
Bouillon will play, Habs dress 7 defensemen | 02/08/2014 3:00 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon will suit up for Montreal on Saturday night.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for the team's past eight games and the Canadiens will dress seven defensemen against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Bouillon to play Saturday v Pittsburgh | 11/23/2013 9:46 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon will return to the Canadiens' lineup Sarturday night against Pittsburgh.
ImpactHe was a healthy scratch Friday night as the Habs have seven NHL caliber defencemen with the return to action of Alexei Emelin. No word on who will be scratched Saturday to allow Bouillon to suit up.
Bouillon will not play in Friday's game | 11/22/2013 12:52 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon will be a healthy scratch on Friday.
ImpactBouillon isn't being punished. Montreal will play in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien doesn't want to wear the 38-year-old defenseman out.
| 10/03/2013 1:27 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon returned to action on Tuesday October 1.
Francis Bouillon day-to-day with LBI | 09/19/2013 12:59 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
ImpactHe was hurt in Wednesday's practice session.
Francis Bouillon played with fractured finger | 05/11/2013 3:23 PM
NewsMontreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon admitted that he played with a fractured finger for almost a month.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactBouillon reportedly injured his hand fighting Steve Ott on April 11. Clearly Bouillon wanted to show that he'd fight through pain, even after signing a one-year contract extension through 2013-14.
Francis Bouillon moves up into top-4 group | 04/11/2013 10:28 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon will move up into Montreal's top-four defense group in Thursday's match against Buffalo.
ImpactHe will play alongside Andrei Markov, which will bump Davis Drewiske to the third pairing with rookie Nathan Beaulieu. Bouillon is a small, but feisty blueliner who should help out the defensive shortcomings of Markov.
Francis Bouillon earns 1-year extension | 03/20/2013 12:56 PM
NewsFrancis Bouillon and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million.
Impact"That's a good vote of confidence from the organization," Bouillon said after practice. "When my agent called me two weeks to tell me that they wanted to sign me for next year I was really happy about it." He has posted seven points, 51 hits, 31 blocked shots and a plus-6 rating in 29 games this season.
Francis Bouillon nets first goal of the year | 03/11/2013 10:04 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon scored his first goal in 26 games this season in Sunday's win over Florida.
ImpactHe has seven points and a plus-3 rating to go along with 41 hits and 27 blocked shots. Bouillon should only be on your radar in a very deep league that rewards hits and blocks.
Francis Bouillon continues to persevere | 03/01/2013 10:53 AM
NewsFrancis Bouillon was afraid that a canceled season meant his career was over.
ImpactThe 37-year-old has instead played his 500th game with the Habs, and he'll play his 700th sometime next week. It's been a career full of overcoming adversity for the defenseman, who has had knee surgery, a groin injury and a concussion. Oh yeah, and he was never drafted in junior, either. "I was really worried during the lockout," he said this week. "I have a one-year contract and I thought that if they cancelled the season, I wouldn't have an opportunity to show that I could play." Bouillion is averaging about 19 minutes a game, has four assists and a plus-six rating.
|Penalty Minutes||70||2003-04 (Mtl)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2005-06 (Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2002-03 (Nas/Mtl)|
|Shots||86||2 times-last: 2009-10 (Nas)|
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