Tampa Bay Lightning signs LW Ben Pouliot
The Tampa Bay Lightning had all kinds of assurances from Ben Pouliot and his agent that the left wing was committed to the team even if he was not signed by noon Sunday and became an unrestricted free agent. Even so, the Lightning took no chances and signed Pouliot before he was able to hit the market. He signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal.
Here is the announcement from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and their fifth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 23.
Pouliot, 25, played in 74 games with the Boston Bruins last season, collecting 16 goals and 32 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. The Alfred, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points last season. Pouliot ranked third on Boston in game-winning goals with five and eighth in goals and plus/minus (+16). He also skated in seven playoff games with the Bruins, posting a goal and two points.
The 6-foot-3, 199-pound, forward has skated in 257 career NHL games with the Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens, collecting 53 goals and 104 points. He was originally selected by the Wild in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.