Defenceman Francis Bouillon signs two-year, $2.7M contract with Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed defenceman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract worth US$2.7 million.

The team announced the deal Friday, saying Bouillon will make $1.2 million in 2010-11 and $1.5 million in 2011-12.

The 34-year-old Montreal native played a career-high 81 games for the Predators last season, ranking second on the team and among the top 20 NHL defencemen in hits with 162. He had 50 penalty minutes and posted 11 points while averaging 19:18 minutes per game.

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The five-foot-eight, 198-pound Bouillon is the longest tenured member of Nashville’s defence, having played in 566 regular-season games with Nashville and Montreal since 1999.