Bouma scored his first goal with the Blackhawks and added a helper in Saturday's win over the Coyotes. Bouma is currently skating on the fourth line and doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective. The 27-year-old did have a 34-point season back in his Calgary days, but his offensive production really fell off in the following years. Chicago's top lines can't always carry the offense, so it's good to see a guy like Bouma deliver in the third with the game-winning goal. Don't expect much from the former Flame aside from the rare point contribution every now and then.
Bouma signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks on Saturday. Bouma was definitely headed for a pay cut after the Flames bought out the last year of his contract that was scheduled to cost them $2.2 million. Instead, the Hawks get the 27-year-old for just a $1 million cap hit according to CapFriendly.com. Despite playing in 61 contests for Calgary, the center notched a mere seven points, 35 PIM and 53 shots on goal. In line for a bottom-six role with Chicago, the Alberta native is unlikely to put up anything like his 2014-15 numbers in which he tallied 34 points.
The Flames bought out the final year of Bouma's three-year, $6.6 million contract Friday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Bouma hasn't lived up to the three-year deal he signed with Calgary prior to the 2015-16 campaign, as he's only managed to tally a dismal 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 105 games over that span. The 27-year-old forward will be free to sign with a new club as an unrestricted free agent, but it remains to be seen if he'll draw any interest from NHL teams after logging back-to-back seven-point seasons.
Bouma registered an assist through 10:07 of ice time during Wednesday's loss to Boston. After flashing offensive upside and fantasy relevance with 16 goals and 34 points during the 2014-15 campaign, Bouma has five tallies and nine helpers through 94 games over the past two seasons. You can safely ignore the 26-year-old veteran in all fantasy settings at this stage of the game.
Bouma has one point in his last 18 games and recently sat out back-to-back contests as a healthy scratch. Bouma followed up 2014-15's 34-point effort with a measly seven points last year, and it's been much of the same this season with three goals and two assists across 39 contests. He also threw the body a ton a few years back with 264 hits but has amassed just 93 in 2016-17, so clearly he's a different player these days -- which, to be clear, is one with little to no fantasy value regardless of format.
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