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JOEL BOUCHARD RETURNS

Wednesday, 07.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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JOEL BOUCHARD RETURNS
Respected veteran defenseman agrees to one-year deal

The New York Islanders have re-signed veteran defenseman Joel Bouchard to a one-year contract. Bouchard is coming off his first season in the organization in 2005-06, when he played 25 NHL games after a mid-season recall. With the Islanders this past season, Bouchard scored a goal and added eight assists for nine points and was highly regarded for his work with the team's young defensemen, such as Bruno Gervais and Chris Campoli. His efforts were rewarded when he was named the Islanders' nominee for the Masterton Trophy by the Long Island chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

"We're very happy that Joel is coming back for his second season with us," said Islanders Vice President and general manager Neil Smith. "I was extremely impressed by Joel's commitment last season, when he returned from a serious shoulder injury earlier than anyone thought possible and was such a positive influence on our team. We really like the skill level, work ethic and leadership Joel brings to us."

The 32-year old Bouchard has played in a total of 364 NHL games in over parts of eleven seasons with Calgary, Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and the Islanders. He has recorded 22 goals and 53 assists for 75 points and 264 penalty minutes in his career. The Montreal native was originally drafted by Calgary in the sixth round (129th overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Bouchard began the 2005-06 season with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. After suffering an early-season shoulder injury, Bouchard returned to the Sound Tigers' lineup in January. In 15 games, he recorded four goals and nine assists for 13 points and 10 penalty minutes. He was recalled to the Islanders in the second half of the season and remained with the team for the remained of the year.

"I really enjoyed my first year on Long Island and it was a priority for me to return," Bouchard said. "We made a lot of strides towards the end of last season and Neil has made some great moves this week by adding players I respect a lot like Brendan Witt and Mike Sillinger. I'm excited about our team."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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