He is considered one of the original Minnesota Wild players but after 10 years of memories, Minnesota Wild center Pierre Marc-Bouchard has opted not to re-sign with the team and will hit the open market when free agency begins on July 5th. Thanks to the NHL Draft on Sunday, many names are getting buried in the news cycle, but for WIld fans, news that Bouchard is on his way out truly marks the end of an era.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard will not sign a new deal with Minnesota and will be UFA on July 5th.
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) June 29, 2013
While many Wild fans consider Bouchard to be an original member of the Wild, he actually didn’t come to the team until the 2002 Entry Draft. But he has been with the team for 10 years and is one of the longest tenured players in the NHL when it comes to sticking to one team throughout their career. That’s a streak that is now ending though as Bouchard is set to be an unrestricted free agent next Friday.
He’s likely going to get work elsewhere around the NHL but there are injury concerns about his head and the fact that he missed significant time over the last few years with the Wild due to concussions. But when healthy he’s demonstrated the ability to be a leader and be a top player on a roster and that’s something teams around the NHL won’t take lightly.