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Habs re-sign Bouillon, add Vandermeer

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Since entering the NHL, Bouillon has appeared in 228 regular-season games, scored 49 points and amassed 171 penalty minutes.

MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday the signing of Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon and of free agent forward Peter Vandermeer to one-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"We are happy to retain the services of a veteran of the calibre of Francis Bouillon," said Gainey.  "Francis is a very reliable defenseman whose determination is contagious. He fits very well within our group of defensemen.  As for Peter Vandermeer, he is a role player with a lot of experience in the AHL. Considered a good team player, he will add depth and toughness to our group of forwards."

Bouillon, 29, will begin his sixth season in a Canadiens uniform. In 2004-05, he registered 18 points in 21 games (six goals, 12 assists) with Leksand in the Swedish League.  Bouillon has played in 228 career regular-season games in the NHL, totalling 49 points (8 goals, 41 assists) and 171 penalty minutes. He was the recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy in 2003-04 with the Canadiens.

Bouillon joined the Canadiens as a free agent on Aug. 18, 1998.  Following a short stint with the Nashville Predators, he was claimed on waivers by Montreal on Oct. 25, 2002.

The 29-year-old Vandermeer played with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's main affiliate, last season.  He recorded four goals, 13 assists and 310 penalty minutes in 73 regular-season games. The 6-foot, 210-pound left winger began his professional hockey career in 1996-97 and played for several teams including AHL franchises in Rochester, Providence, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia and Grand Rapids.  Vandermeer's AHL career stats include 43 goals, 50 assists and 1,759 penalty minutes in 380 regular-season games.

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