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from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
ESPN.com: You eventually got a professional tryout with the Arizona Coyotes' AHL team in Portland. How difficult was it when that didn't work out?
Bissonnette: When I got cut, that feeling of depression came back instantly. I felt I needed to act now. I think my agent called a few other teams and could have got a PTO somewhere else for more money. I just called [Kings VP of hockey operations Mike] Futa and handled it myself. At that point, another $10,000-$15,000 meant nothing to me. I needed something now. [Kings general manager] Dean [Lombardi] said, 'Absolutely, just tell him to stay the f--- off Twitter.' I said, 'Deal.'
ESPN.com: No Twitter?
Bissonnette: This organization is not big on it. I don't want to ruffle feathers, especially after what they've done for me. They've given me a second lease on my career. I'll do whatever they want.
much more including recovering from depression...
Paul Bissonnette answered some questions from the fans at The Players' Tribune,
I grew up loving grinders like Bob Probert and Darren McCarty. I’ve always wondered, when it comes to contract talks, how do you value yourself to come up with terms? I’d assume the metrics are different than a player like Steven Stamkos.
Probert was a 20-goal scorer, and he happened to be the most feared guy in an era when fights were happening every night, so I’m sure that helped him in contract negotiations.
But in general, there isn’t much negotiation when it comes to contracts for enforcers. It’s closer to, “Here’s what we have left to give you (which is probably the league minimum), take it or leave it.” If you say no, they know they can just go out and find another guy.
That being said, for the amount of ice time I got and what I contributed offensively, I think what I got paid was fair. If you go in a locker room a see the guys playing 20 minutes a night, it’s clear that what they’re doing is even more physically taxing than what we do.
Who is the toughest non-enforcer you’ve ever come across, or scrapped with?
I don’t think I was ever a good enough player for non-enforcer types to ever engage with me. I don’t recall a time when a guy said, “Let’s *#$%@&’ go!” and I was taken aback. I pretty much only fought guys like me. I’ll have to review my profile on HockeyFights.com and get back to you.
from the Portland Pirates,
The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.
Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.
via the Elite Ice Hockey League,
The Cardiff Devils are pleased to confirm the signing of Paul Bissonnette. The NHLer is coming in on a temporary basis while he still looks for opportunities in the NHL, but Devils management are excited to have him for whatever length of time that he will be in Cardiff.
“Paul got in touch with us and explained that he had already had offers from two other teams in the Elite League, but that if he was going to come back to this league he thought he would talk to us,” explained the Devils ManagingDirector Todd Kelman.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,
"I'm just going to go home and wait by the phone," he said. "If nothing else works out as far as an NHL contract, I'd love to stay in the (Blues') organization and sign a two-way with Chicago (Wolves). I'm not sure if that's the plan. They kind of talked about that. When you don't have too many options, that's the thing. I just want to play hockey.
"I'm thankful for the time I've spent in the NHL and I understand that I'm kind of a borderline guy as far as skill-set is concerned. But if anyone needs a fourth-line grinder, and someone who is responsible, I'll gladly do the job."
ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited unrestricted free agent forward Paul Bissonnette to a tryout at training camp.
Bissonnette, 29, has played in 202 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 15 assists (22 points). He has a plus-7 rating and 340 career penalty minutes.
Bissonnette spent the past five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
Among the winnowing pool of unrestricted free agents still seeking deals, former Arizona winger Paul Bissonnette has been fielding interest of varying levels from roughly “five to six teams,” his agent said, including the Washington Capitals.
“Right now he’s just looking for a good organization where he can contribute more than he’s been able to, to date, in the last couple years in Phoenix,” Mark Guy said Friday by telephone. “He wants to be in a position where he can compete for a solid fourth-line position and be a great team guy. He wants to be in an organization where there’s a chance to win, as most guys do, and looking forward to showing how hard he’s worked to improve his skill level and skating over the last couple years.”
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Carcillo, 29, remains unsigned as a free agent. He made $850,000 as a member of the Kings and Rangers last season, recording four goals, one assist and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games.
He has also been to the Stanley Cup Final in three of his last five seasons, winning the Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 and falling short with the Flyers in 2010 and the Rangers in 2014.
The Caps have roughly $1.1 million in cap space and although they have 49 players under contract, only 45 of them are likely to count against the NHL’s 50-man limit because Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek are expected to return to their teams in Kelowna, Sweden and the CzechRepublic, respectively.
That means the Caps have roster room and salary space for a player who could give them the “bite” new coach Barry Trotz would like to have on his fourth line.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Halpern was issued the same clue when the Coyotes signed depth center Joe Vitale earlier this month, but the 38-year-old isn't closing the door on his NHL career. When he was younger, Halpern's criteria in free agency included playing for a contender, setting his family up financially and playing where he lived.
"My views on free agency now, personally, are completely different," he said. "I basically wait for a phone call and then if somebody says we have a contract, I say, 'Whatever your offer is, I'll take less.' "
Both players have been in talks with teams and are optimistic they'll be back in the NHL. Bissonnette, 29, said "things are looking positive" with one team but would consider playing overseas if nothing is resolved by the end of August.
"I definitely think I have a lot more hockey in me," Bissonnette said.
Halpern is just as confident. Time will tell if the NHL agrees.
"It's where I want to be," he said, "so I'm trying to do anything possible to get to that point."
After this Mike Milbury comment, the ball is back in Paul Bissnnette's court...
Actually after my bedtime last night...
Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes joined Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey of HNIC for just over 8 minutes of hockey and non-hockey talk...
from Carter Nacke of Arizona Sports,
So far this season, the Coyotes are 14-6-4 this season when Biz takes the ice. They're not winning because of his offensive contributions, as the 28-year-old has only contributed one goal and five helpers (not exactly record-breaking numbers). They're winning because of his presence.
Bissonnette has that intimidation factor. He has no fear. Whether it's laying a hit to get his team going, protecting a teammate or dropping the gloves to take on the other team's big guy, Biz is the Coyotes' man. In fact, when he's on the ice, the Coyotes lay an average of 14.2 hits on their opponents while only taking 9.7. The other team is wary of him and it changes the way they play.
But the Welland, Ontario native is stepping outside of his enforcer role this season. His effort, in each game he's played, is noticeable. He's doing more than hitting, more than getting physical. He's creating chances and contributing.
"He's actually a pretty good player," said Doan. "He's a good player and doesn't get the credit he deserves."
How right is the captain? I took a look.
Biz's aforementioned offensive stats, again, aren't impressive. But his six points are enough to tie his NHL season-high.
Pretty good battle, but personally I don't see why dropping the gloves right after a faceoff is needed.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Fighting is a touchy subject in hockey, Paul Bissonnette was saying, resting an arm on an equipment cart after a light practice with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
“It’s one of those things where it’s tough to put in an article, with a one-line quote about it,” he said. “It’s something you need to have a discussion about.”
Bissonnette is a fighter who has fought only once this season, and not once in the last two months. The 28-year-old forward is still making a living on the margins of the fourth line, and he is still one of the lowest-paid players on the roster, but he is working to change the way he plays, to evolve.
“Do I think that they’re eventually going to take fighting out of the game? Maybe, or maybe not,” Bissonnette said. “I think it will end up going down to, if you fight once, you’re out of the game. And if it comes to that, there’s really no point in having a guy in the lineup that’s just going to fight once and be out.”
Reports out of Arizona today stated Bissonnette was scheduled to meet with Gary Bettman tomorrow to appeal his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2013) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has reduced Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette’s suspension from 10 games to three (3) games for his conduct in leaving his team’s bench to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 in Phoenix on September 15, 2013.
NEW YORK (September 16, 2013) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been automatically suspended for 10 regular-season games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 against Los Angeles Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona.
At 12:09 of the first period, Bissonnette was assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 70.6, which states: “A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams.”
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10, which states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team.”
Paul Bissonette has signed a two year extension, worth $725K and $750K per season respectively, according to Pierre LeBrun. Here is the release from the Coyotes:
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Paul Bissonnette to a two-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to sign Paul to a multi-year extension,” said Maloney. “He plays an important role on our team and we are looking for him to take his game to the next level this season.”
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 216 pound Bissonnette appeared in 48 regular season games with the Coyotes, registering one goal and a team-high 71 PIM. He made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final series against Detroit.
The 26-year-old native of Welland, Ontario has posted 4-3-7 and 210 PIM in 104 regular season games with Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
Sportsnet with the unique interview.
from Paul Bissonnette at The Hockey News,
A lot of attention has been drawn to my Twitter account. Why would a hulking NHL fighter start a Twitter account? I’ll tell you why.
It really started when Scottie Upshall told me I should do it. I thought, “yeah right, that’s pretty lame,” but he would say, “you need to make it fun and it will be.” So I put my own little twist on things. I don’t want to write about the everyday stuff like ‘Oh, I just had lunch’ because everyone does that and who cares?
I have no filter and I like it when I get a rise out of people; that makes it fun. I like to think outside the box and make it fun because that’s my personality. Like Sunday night we were at Jovo’s house and I knew people would wonder, “What’s his kitchen look like?” So I wrote, “Jovo’s kitchen’s bigger than my apartment. More granite.” You think I’m exaggerating? I tell it how it is.
I think fans from all over have followed it and not just those from Phoenix. I’m not getting any more autograph requests or being noticed on the street more than I used to partly because I don’t really post many pictures of myself on Twitter and partly because I’m a fourth-line grinder.