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The roster situation for the Nashville Predators is starting to come into focus, as fresh on the heels of the Blake Geoffrion signing we have word that Francis Bouillon is back in the fold as well.

Follow after the jump for that, and a whole lot more!

Predators News

Predators defense will likely have a different look next season - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond points us to a French Canadian news report that Francis Bouillon has signed a two-year contract with the Preds, and what that means for the Predators defense with Dan Hamhuis and Denis Grebeshkov likely leaving town.

Preds re-sign Bouillon, pave way for departing Hamhuis?… | Section 303
Jeremy sees a connection between Bouillon re-signing and Hamhuis leaving, but I disagree. Hamhuis' chances of staying in Nashville as a free agent have always been terribly slim, and Bouillon's salary isn't going to significantly alter the amount of money David Poile could afford to offer Hammer. That said, bringing back "The Cube" is dynamite.

Francis Bouillon

#51 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators



Oct 17, 1975

2009 - Francis Bouillon 81 3 8 11 5 50 1 0 1 0 86 3.5

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Bertuzzi re-signs with Red Wings - Winging It In Motown
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Tallon Makes Weiss Available - Should Tambellini Be Interested? - The Copper & Blue
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Five Hole Fanatics: Give Sheppard a Chance!
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NHL free agency: Overall pool may be weak, but goaltenders will be available - ESPN
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The American Hockey League | 30-team lineup set for 2010-11
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When Irresponsible Media Gives Credence to Inane Rumors - SB Nation New York
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Kovalchuk interested in Leafs; Burke says nyet - The Globe and Mail
Toronto was one of the few markets likely to have budget space available for the big sniper, so his options as a free agent are dwindling.

You might ask why this is getting posted so early in the morning. I've finally gotten back into rec league hockey over the last couple weeks, and I'm so sore from last night's game I just can't sleep...