Mintues after the news broke that Michael Ryder will be taking his talents to the honky tonk hockey town, the Boston Bruins make a signing of their own. They inked (now former) Habs winger Benoit Pouliot to a one year deal worth $1.1 million, according to RDS.
Bs trade one former underperforming Habs player for another.
Some of you might remember Pouliot for his fight with Bruins “tough guy” David Krejci.
Or against Ference 3:16 where Jack Edwards calls him one of the “biggest disappointments in the National Hockey League history” and Brick calls him “gutless.”
Gonna be really awkward when camp starts in a couple of months.
His past season numbers:
Pouliot was an absolute no-show against the Bruins this year, so this isn’t a case of the Bs signing a Boston-killer by any means.
Our Take: We’re not a huge fan of this deal. Not sure why Chiarelli signed him. Our only guess is he’s there to put pressure on the other guys fighting for a roster spot. A safety-net signing, if you will.
Or maybe he’s there as a punching bag for the guys. Either way, he’s not fit to wear the Bruins uniform. He’s not Boston Bruins material.
Good news is that it’s a one-year deal for relatively little. The kid’s young and has some upside. This isn’t a huge gamble by Chiarelli and the signing looks a lot better than some of the contracts being thrown around out there today.