Predators sign Bouillon to a 2-year contract

The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Francis Bouillon

to a two-year contract worth $2.7 million.

The team announced the deal Friday, saying Bouillon will make

$1.2 million in 2010-11 and $1.5 million in 2011-12.

The 34-year-old Montreal native played a career-high 81 games

for the Predators last season, ranking second on the team and among

the top 20 NHL defensemen in hits with 162. He had 50 penalty

minutes and posted 11 points while averaging 19:18 minutes per

game.

The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Bouillon is the longest tenured member

of Nashville’s defense, having played in 566 regular-season games

with Nashville and Montreal since 1999.