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Role: 4th line forward, enforcer
Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st
Notables: 32 years old, 6-2, 212 lbs, right handed shot
Season Stats: 67 games played - 4G, 7A, -13, 147 PIM
Playoff Stats: 7 games played - 0G, 0A, -1, 11 PIM
Jesse Boulerice matched his goal total from last season (4) with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins after just 25 games and was a -1, but finished the last 42 games with just four assists and a -12 rating. While offensive production was never a strong part of Boulerice's game, his +/- was the worst on the team and at times he got caught and was forced to take penalties. That was more noticeable in the playoffs and possibly part of the reason why he sat out the last five games as a healthy scratch in favor of David Marshall.
At 32 years old, he certainly isn't getting any younger and his speed, skating ability, etc are on the decline. The Penguins need a guy like Boulerice on the roster to protect the prospects but maybe they should look for younger options like a Ryan Schnell type player (also a free agent in July).