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Rangers ink Benoit Pouliot to one-year, $1.3M pact

Jul 5, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers add a little extra scoring touch via free agency on Friday, signing forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

He’s coming off a solid campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he scored 20 points in 34 games.┬áHe scored 32 and 30 points in two previous full seasons.

The Bolts decided to go in a difference direction this offseason, opting against extending him a qualifying offer on July 1.

The 26-year-old must be getting used to the uncertainty of being an NHL journeyman.

After playing parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Wild – the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005 – Pouliot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guillaume Latendresse in November 2009. He stuck with the Canadiens for the rest of 2009-10 and all of 2010-11 before bouncing to the Boston Bruins last season and Lightning in 2013.

Many believe that new head coach Alain Vigneault aims to make the Rangers a more offense-leaning team, so Pouliot could provide a nice – if subtle – amount of depth offense.

  1. howintensive - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Benoit- balls.

  2. homerx - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Bet he has more points than Richards.

  3. tampabayirish - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    As a Tampa fan with a chance to see him play a lot of their games…I thought he was a pretty good hockey player. I wish him well in Gotham.

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