Apr 5, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Boston Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Bruins defeated the Senators, 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Bolts Ink Pouliot

Tampa Bay has announced the signing of  Benoit Pouliot to a one-year one-way contract worth 1.8 million dollars.  Pouliot’s rights were traded to the Lightning from the Bruins in exchange for 30 year old Rimouski, born Michel Ouellet, along with a fifth round pick in this year’s draft.

Pouliot has played in 257 career NHL games lighting the lamp 53 times and racking up 51 assists for a total of 104 points.  Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, the 6 ft 3 inch left-winger has played for the Wild, Canadians, and Bruins. Tampa Bay would mark his fourth organization since the 2006-2007 season.

Steve Yzerman projects that Pouliot can be one of the top forwards in the lineup on a nightly basis since adding him to roster gives the Lightning a decent sized forward who can skate well and put up numbers.

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