It’s been a rough week for the Edmonton Oilers. Just days after dropping Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (and in the process losing the 17th overall pick to the Wild in today’s Entry Draft), reports arose from Vancouver on Friday that stud defenseman Chris Pronger is asking to be traded out of Edmonton.
The Minnesota Wild re-signed Pierre-Marc Bouchard - an Oiler killer that registered two four-point games, and 12 total points against Edmonton last season - to a 2006-2007 contract. The move by Wild management did not come as a surprise considering that the eighth overall pick in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft is coming off his best, and most promising NHL season.
The shifty playmaker racked up 59 points (17-42=59) in 80 games. The totals were all career-highs, and his 42 assists ranked second on the club.
"We were impressed with Pierre-Marc’s commitment to the team and effort this year, and with his desire to re-sign quickly and prepare for next year," said Wild president and general manager, Doug Risebrough.
Saturday could be a big day for the Bouchard family of Sherbrooke, Quebec. The Bouchard’s, including Pierre-Marc, are in Vancouver for today’s Entry Draft, in which Pierre-Marc’s kid brother, Francois, is expected to be picked at some point in the first or second round.