The Minnesota Wild today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a 2007-08 contract.
Bouchard, 23 (4/27/84), recorded 57 points (20-37=57), 14 penalty minutes (PIM) and skated in all 82 games with Minnesota in 2006-07 averaging 15:59 in ice time. The 5-foot-10, 172-pound forward established career-highs in goals, games played and plus/minus (+13) and ranked second on the team in assists, tied for third in scoring and third in plus/minus. He led team forwards with a +13 rating, ranked tied for second with 16 multi-point contests and third with 24 (5-19=24) power play points. The Wild went 15-1-0 in games Bouchard registered multiple points. He became first player in team history to notch eight points (4-4=8) in three consecutive games (12/29/06-1/2/07) and tied his career-high for points in a game with a four-point performance vs. Atlanta (1/2/07). Bouchard potted his 20th goal of season vs. St. Louis on April 7, 2007, to become fifth player on the Wild to reach the 20-goal plateau in 2006-07 (Demitra, Gaborik, Koivu and Rolston). He added a goal and an assist in five playoff games. The Sherbrooke, Quebec-native has collected 158 points (48-110=158) and 82 PIM in 273 career NHL games in four seasons with Minnesota.
Bouchard was originally selected by the Wild in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.