This new "discuss with pending FA's five days before July 1" thing has really impacted player movement in July. Usually you would see a busy July 1, a fairly busy July 2, and some activity every day until mid-July. Now, what we saw was absolute chaos on July 1 from noon until five. Then two deals of any significance July 2…and that's it.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard has gone to where the money is. He saw that the NHL was no longer a viable option, so he signed to play in the Swiss League. I've said it before and I'll say it again - that's exactly would I would do if I was a fringe NHL player.