Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/14

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 22: Benoit Pouliot #57 of the Montreal Canadiens lines up on the wing prior to a faceoff during their NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 22, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Canadiens defeated the Devils 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Benoit Pouliot had 10 points (plus eight) for the Rangers in their run to the Stanley Cup final, but there was no money in the cupboard to resign him. He had a collection of suitors, though — one team offered a six-year deal, one more than the Oilers signed him for (five at $20 million). He’s back in the West after starting his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild.Pouliot played for former University of Alberta Golden Bears coach Rob Daum with the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate as a centre, not a winger. He’ll almost surely be the third-line left-winger behind Hall and David Perron here — a big, in-the-corners guy — and he could be as portable as Perron was last year. “I consider myself a top-nine forward now. The past three years have been really positive. My game is better (more consistent play0," Pouliot said. "In Tampa and in Boston before New York, I was third line, second line. Different roles on the second and third lines, maybe, but you get used to it and you do the job.” One of his biggest plays in the final was stealing the puck off Drew Doughty for a breakaway goal. He averaged 15:42 minutes on a third line.
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