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Canadiens add Prust, Armstrong, Bouillon

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 1:59 PM

By Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Canadiens add Prust, Armstrong, Bouillon

The Montreal Canadiens beefed up their forward group Sunday by signing Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong and brought back an old friend of new head coach Michel Therrien by signing defenseman Francis Bouillon from the Nashville Predators.

Several media reported that Prust, 28, was to sign a four-year deal for $10 million after excelling last season as a key penalty killer and physical, checking forward with the New York Rangers. That is a considerable raise from the $800,000 Prust earned the past two years with the Rangers.

Prust played 82 games in each of the past two seasons with the Rangers, compiling 18 goals, 28 assists and 316 penalty minutes.

Armstrong was bought out of the final year of his contract by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TSN reported his one-year deal is worth $1 million.

Armstrong told TSN he's been a Canadiens fan since he was youngster.

"I was a member of the Montreal Canadiens fan club as a kid,” Armstrong said. “I think I was the only member in Saskatoon."

Armstrong has had trouble with injuries the past two seasons in Toronto with a list of ailments that included a broken nose, broken foot, tendon problem in a finger, concussion, badly sprained ankle and a bout with blurred vision and dizziness.

He played 79 games the past two seasons combined.

"It was just one of those things where I couldn't catch a break," Armstrong said.

The signing marks the first addition to the roster for new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, and Armstrong is hopeful it proves to be an astute one.

"I think I can still play,” he said. “I think I have a lot left and I'm excited about it."

Bouillon spent the past three seasons with the Nashville Predators and will be able to rekindle his relationship with Therrien in Montreal. Bouillon played his final three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League under Therrien, then played under him in the American Hockey League before following him to the NHL In Montreal.

A rugged defenseman who plays bigger than his 5-foot-8, 200-pound frame, Bouillon provides depth to a group that was ravaged by injury last season and he likely will need to fight for a spot on Montreal’s third pairing.

Bouillon’s contract is for one season and $1.5 million, according to TSN.

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