|Bruins sign Benoit Pouliot||07.01.11 at 4:24 pm ET|
According to RDS, the Bruins have signed free agent left wing Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.1 million deal. The news came shortly afetr the Stars announced they had signed former B’s winger Michael Ryder.
Pouliot is one of the more notable recent high first-round picks to not find stardom in the NHL. Chosen fourth overall by the Wild in 2005, he never had a 10-goal-season with the team before being traded to Montreal in 2009. He spent the last two seasons with the Canadiens, but fell out of favor towards the end of his tenure. He was a healthy scratch in the last four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. the Bruins.
In 183 NHL games, Pouliot has scored 35 goals and added 37 assists for 72 career points.
|Andrew Ference was cautious in dropping the gloves with Benoit Pouliot||04.19.11 at 4:34 pm ET|
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference wanted to throw down with Canadiens winger Benoit Pouliot following Pouliout’s charge on Johnny Boychuk Monday, but he had to be careful.
Sporting stitches on his right cheek on Tuesday, Ference recalled the series of events, noting he was extra careful to avoid negating his team’s forthcoming power play.
“I waited for him to drop the gloves and throw a punch before I did anything,” Ference said. “I didn’t want to take an extra penalty. From what I saw, it looked like a really dangerous hit. A hit like that, especially on your partner or something like that, you want to at least have some answer for it. I didn’t want to drop the gloves without being 100 percent that he was going to as well, so you have to be aware of that in the playoffs for sure.”
Listening to Montreal sports radio this morning, it’s safe to say some of the fans dislike Pouliout just as much as Jack Edwards, as callers hoped the team would scratch the former fourth overall pick in Thursday’s Game 4.
The Pouliot hit on Boychuk, followed by the fight with Ference, is first up on this Edwards mega-mix put together by Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski.
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