Pierre-Marc Bouchard leaves Wild to sign with New York Islanders
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Pierre-Marc Bouchard's 10-year stay with the Minnesota Wild has officially come to a close.
Bouchard, who became recently became an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Islanders on Friday, according to a report by TSN's Aaron Ward.
Originally drafted by the Wild in 2002, Bouchard leaves with his name near the top of several franchise records. His 241 assists and 565 games rank second in Wild history, while he is third overall in points (347).
The Islanders' signing of Bouchard came quickly after the NHL free agency period opened at 11 a.m. Friday.
On Thursday, the Wild crafted a deal to bring defenseman Keith Ballard on a two-year contract. That signing was made official Friday, and Ballard was set to be introduced to the media at 1 p.m.