Bouillon wins another year, Ryder wants to wait
As the Canadiens confirm a 1-year contract extension for veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon, CJAD sources say Michael Ryder does not want any talks to distract for the remainder of the season.
Bouillon will be back for the 2013-14 season at a salary cap hit of $1.5 million dollars, the same pay rate as this season.
Bouillon has been a steadying influence on other Habs D-men from Raphael Diaz to rookie Jarred Tinordi, his current partner.
With David Desharnais and Bouillon getting extensions from GM Marc Bergevin, the Habs have only 2 other remaining potential Unrestricted Free Agents in their starting lineup---Ryder, the sniper acquired in the trade of Erik Cole, and Colby Armstrong, who has scored his first 2 goals as a Hab in back-to-back games.
Ryder is represented by agent Thane Campbell and sources tell CJAD talks will not be carried out through the push to the playoffs.