SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent goaltender Brian Boucher (BOO-shay) to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Brian came in and played very well for us down the stretch,” said Wilson. “With his regular season and postseason experience, it gives us a goaltending tandem that is second-to-none in the NHL.”
Boucher, 31, appeared in five games for the Sharks during the 2007-08 season and posted a record of 3-1-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. Boucher also became the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout victory in his Sharks debut by stopping 24 shots on March 1 in a 2-0 win at St. Louis.
Prior to joining the Sharks, Boucher played seven NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago and Columbus. He spent the majority of the 2007-08 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, where he posted a 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.
In 225 NHL games, Boucher has an 80-97-34 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage, along with 14 shutouts.
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has posted an 11-8 record with a 2.06 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and one shutout in 22 games.
The native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island was originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. He was signed by the Sharks as a free agent on Feb. 26, 2008.