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.