Facing a surplus of defensemen, the
Bourque, who will be 33 in December, had three consecutive 20-plus-goal seasons with Calgary but never approached that success after the
This season, he had no goals and two assists in 13 games with the Canadiens. He had been assigned to Montreal’s
Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said Bourque will report to Anaheim once his immigration/work visa issues are sorted out.
"I definitely think I have a lot more to give and I think I'll show it with a new team," Bourque said on a conference call. "I think to have a fresh start, to clear my head and get back on track will help me a lot. It's been a long week, so to get the news today is obviously really nice."
Murray said he had explored a deal for Bourque in June.
"We talked about it at the draft, but we thought our group of forwards were OK at the time and we had been working on the [
This season, the rapid improvement of the young Ducks defense made Allen expendable. That, along with some newer concerns, up front.
Bourque has played 573
Bourque for Allen represents a de facto swap of
The recent emergence of Josh Manson as a capable defender helped make Allen expendable for the Ducks. He was considered the team’s seventh or eighth defenseman and had not been scheduled to play at Vancouver on Thursday. The Ducks’ depth on defense extends to having
Allen, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent on July 1, 2012, had no goals, 17 points, a plus-21 defensive rating and 113 penalty minutes in 115 games with the team. He had one assist and four penalty minutes in six games with the Ducks this season.