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Ducks Acquire Winger Bourque from Montreal in Exchange for Defenseman Allen

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have acquired left wing Rene Bourque from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen.

Bourque, 32 (12/10/81), has appeared in 573 career NHL games with Montreal, Calgary and Chicago, collecting 142-136=278 points with 474 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-2, 214-pound wing has also played 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Montreal and Calgary, scoring 11-4=15 points with 59 PIM. In the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bourque led Montreal in goals and co-led in hits (52), while also recording his first career playoff hat trick in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on May 27, 2014 vs. the New York Rangers.

A native of Lac La Biche, Alberta, Bourque collected 0-2=2 points with six PIM in 13 games with Montreal this season. He also appeared in four games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 2-2=4 points with a +2 rating and four PIM.

Allen, 34 (8/21/80), has scored 29-106=135 points with 837 PIM in 716 career NHL games with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida and Vancouver. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim on July 1, 2012, Allen collected 0-17=17 points with a +21 rating and 113 PIM in 115 games as a Duck. He played six games with Anaheim this season, earning one assist (0-1=1) with four PIM.

Selected by Vancouver in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Allen earned 0-10=10 points with a career-high +20 rating and 75 PIM in 68 games last season. He led club defensemen in PIM and ranked fourth overall in blocked shots (118).

Bourque spoke to the media about the deal this afternoon:

On his thoughts about leaving Montreal

After the way I finished last season I was definitely happy playing in Montreal. I didn’t get off to the start I wanted to or the team wanted me to have. I think it finally came down to finding a new home for me to maybe get some more ice time, and that maybe a change of scenery would help me out. Obviously I’m happy to go to Anaheim and have a new start.

On whether he talked to Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray
I talked to Bob quickly for about five minutes right after I talked to [Montreal GM] Marc Bergevin, and he told me about the trade. Bob said he’d give me a chance to play, obviously welcome me to the team and told me he wants me to get going right away and be the player I can be. I’m ready to get going. I feel like I have a lot left and can help the team win.

On getting to Anaheim
I think best case scenario, I fly to Anaheim tomorrow. I don’t know what the chances are of that happening. If not, maybe not until Monday. A lot of the government offices are closed on the weekends.

On the deal
I’m a little surprised at how quickly it happened. I think even though I only got four games this season, I think I played well. I definitely think I have a lot more to give, and I think I’ll show it with a new team. I think to have a fresh start, to clear my head and get back on track will help me a lot. It’s been a long week, so to get the news today is obviously really nice.

On what he knows about the Ducks
I crossed paths with a lot of players on that team, whether it was World Championships or college with Dany Heatley. I also played in Calgary with Tim Jackman. They’ve been a powerhouse in the Western Conference for quite a while now. Perry and Getzlaf are two of the best in the league, and they have a good mix of young guys and veterans. They’re a team that can go far in the playoffs. They’re built like a playoff team with a lot of big forwards, and Bob said I fit their style of play. Where I play in the lineup doesn’t matter right now. I just want to get my confidence going and make the most of my opportunity.

On being placed on waivers and sent to Hamilton (AHL) last week
I thought maybe if I was down here, I’d get called up at the end of the season for playoffs. And I also thought if I got traded, that was okay with me too. When I was told I was getting sent down, it was obviously tough to take after being a regular in the NHL for 10 years. There were some tough days, but at the same time, it might have been the best thing for me to get out of there for a little while. They treated me very well in Hamilton and I played a lot in the four games. It was like a little mini fresh start, and I could look forward to something that was going to happen eventually.

Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray spoke to the media about the deal this afternoon:

On where Bourque will report
He’ll be coming to Anaheim. It’s a matter of when. Immigration will dictate that. But he’s coming to Anaheim and he’ll get a decent look at our forward spot.

On trading away Allen
The younger defensemen have played well, and it’s a situation unfortunately, when we’re healthy, we have lots of defensemen. Fistric and Lovejoy aren’t that far away.

On how the deal developed
I started talking to [Montreal GM Marc Bergevin] a couple weeks ago, and we actually talked at the draft last year. We knew Rene wanted out of Montreal and requested a trade. We talked about it at the draft, but we thought our group of forwards were okay at the time, and we had been working on the Kesler deal. The way things have gone, I’m not particularly happy with the play of our forwards so far. He’s a big body who can skate, so he’ll get an opportunity.

On Bourque as a player
He’s a very streaky scorer. What I do like about him is his size and his skating. I think, at times, we’re not moving well enough. I don’t know why. We’re just not. He’s also proven he can score in the playoffs, if he gets there. I like that aspect about him also.

On whether he'll be given a chance to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry
That’s up to Bruce [Boudreau]. I’m sure he’ll get a look there. That spot seems to be a tough one to keep consistently filled. But again, his skating and size is something I thought we needed.
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