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Habs release veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon

MONTREAL — The Habs have released veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon.

On Monday morning, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Michel Therrien met with 38-year-old Bouillon to advise him that his contract would not be renewed for the upcoming season.

Bouillon joined the Canadiens as a free agent in July 2012.

In 52 games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Bouillon totalled six points (2 goals, 4 assists), adding two goals and a +4 differential in nine playoffs contests.

Bouillon has produced 149 points (32 goals, 117 assists) in 776 regular season contests since his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1999-2000.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) leaps into the arms of teammate P.K. Subban (76) during the third period of Game 1 in the second-round of the Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) leaps into the arms of teammate P.K. Subban (76) during the third period of Game 1 in the second-round of the Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Charles Krupa/AP/The Canadian Press

Opinion on social media on the Habs’ call not to renew his contract was mixed.

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