JOEL BOUCHARD RETURNS

Wednesday, 07.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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