Ben Pouliot cut loose as Lightning sends out qualifying offers
The Lightning on Monday sent out qualifying offers to its potential restricted free agenst in order to keep their negotiating rights. The bigger news was who did not get an offer as wing Ben Pouliot was cut loose. He will be an unrestricted free agent on Friday.
Pouliot, 26, had eight goals and 20 points in 34 games last season. He made $1.8 million. But Pouliot has arbitration rights. If he was qualified and opted for arbitration, the Lightning, under the new collective bargaining agreement, could not walk away from an award of less than $3.5 million. To much of a risk for the team.
The Lightning qualified AHL Syracuse forwards J.T. Brown and Dan Sexton and defenseman Mark Barberio.
It did not qualify Syracuse defenseman Brendan Mikkelson and ECHL Florida goaltender Pat Nagle and left wing Alex Hutchings. They also will be unrestricted free agents.