Bourque signed a contract with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday.
At 35 years old, Bourque heads overseas after recording 163 goals and 153 assists in 725 NHL games split between the Blackhawks, Flames, Canadiens, Ducks, Blue Jackets and Avalanche. Djurgardens courted the veteran in the wake of an injury to right winger Daniel Brodin, but the Swiss club is reportedly excited about the leadership that the Alberta native brings to the table.
Bourque chipped in an assist in a 5-3 loss Wednesday to the Capitals.
The veteran now has 18 points in 59 games this season, which is actually his most since 2011-12 with Montreal and Calgary (24 points combined). At 35 years old, Bourque is extremely unlikely to ever reach the heights of his back-to-back 27-goal, 50-plus point seasons with Calgary from 2009-11, but it's encouraging to see a bit of improvement from him, especially on such a dismal Avalanche squad.
Bourque (head) will return to Colorado's lineup for Saturday's game against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
Bourque's return to action will solidify the Avalanche's depth up front, but won't mean much to fantasy owners, as his limited offensive production -- 13 points in 43 games this season -- keeps him from being a practical option in most formats.
Bourque is making progress from his head injury and coach Jared Bednar is hopeful that he will return to action soon, but that rules him out for Tuesday night's game against the Kings.
Bourque has now missed 13 of the last 15 games, but finally appears to nearing a clean bill of health. Even so, the veteran winger is averaging just 14:22 of ice time this season, which doesn't allow him to have enough fantasy value even if he wasn't on one of the most anaemic offenses in the league.
This assessment presumably rules Bourque out for this weekend's games against the Rangers and Islanders, but leaves open the possibility that he could join up with them if he can get healthy. We'll be sure to update his status if that's the case, but his 13 points on the season should keep him off the majority of fantasy rosters as it is.