A short while ago, it looked like Benoit Pouliot and the Rangers would have no trouble coming to terms on a new contract. Pouliot stated multiple times that he wanted to stay with the Rangers. The Rangers reciprocated with their own desire to keep Pouliot. However, money often overshadows the importance of a good situation.
Although Pouliot appeared to have finally found a home with the Rangers, the signs are pointing to him taking the money elsewhere via free agency. Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports that Pouliot has met with the Senators brass today. Pouliot makes his permanent residence just outside of Ottawa and could theoretically replace Milan Michalek’s minutes.
The Penguins also have been strongly connected to Pouliot, which actually presents an opportunity that may prove to be greater than what the Rangers can offer. The Penguins have a remarkably thin talent pool up front outside of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, so it’s not hard to see Pouliot getting consistent top six minutes. If he does, he could prove to be worth whatever extra money the Penguins may be willing to offer him. He has shown an ability to click with Mats Zuccarello and Derrick Brassard, one can only imagine how effective he would be with either Crosby or Malkin.