Almost anyone who followed the Penguins this past season would agree that they need better players on their bottom two lines. The regular season struggles of third line center Brandon Sutter could be largely attributed to the carousel of wingers that played alongside him.
Who would better fit the description of a player that could help solve that problem than New York Rangers soon-to-be free agent Benoit Pouliot?
Pouliot was a journeyman player who played for Tampa Bay, Boston, Montreal, and Minnesota prior to having a career season in New York.
His value was apparent during the Rangers trip to the Stanley Cup Finals as he displayed scoring support as well the heart and grit that the Penguins badly need. He is also a big man at 6’3 200 lbs who can skate well. Any team needs a player with these attributes, especially the Penguins.
Pouliot made $1.3 million in 2013/14 and has earned a big raise, so the Penguins new GM Jim Rutherford would have some work to do in order to fit his salary under the cap. Read more →