Pierre-Marc Bouchard has signed with EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League A, per Pro Hockey Talk, after failing to find an NHL club to take a flyer on him as an NHL forward. Bouchard spent last season with the New York Islanders organization until later in the season, when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. He never cracked Chicago’s lineup.
Bouchard played 28 games for the Islanders, but was unable to recapture any of the spark he showed earlier in his career, before concussions ravaged his durability, and his production.
After a strong four year stretch in Minnesota in which Bouchard tallied over 200 points and missed just 14 games, Bouchard tallied just 80 points in the subsequent injury-riddled four year stretch. He was hoping for redemption in New York, but now it looks like he’ll have to find such overseas.
The Islanders meanwhile have little to worry about in the ways of potentially lost offense. They have a growing core of forwards thanks to their signing of Mikhail Grabovski and will look to improve on a woeful 2013-14 season that saw the team finish with the fifth worst record in the NHL. They have no reason to even consider losing out for the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel lottery as their first round pick is property of the Buffalo Sabres.