Update, 2:50 p.m.:
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 26, 2014
…who knew enigmatic, undisciplined forwards were in such demand?
Beniot Pouliot’s contract situation is very similar to Anton Stralman’s. Almost every Rangers fan wants him back, but they’re not willing to overpay to do it.
Katie Strang at ESPN says that the Rangers have spoken contract with Pouliot since the end of the season and the winger is looking for a multi-year deal to stay in New York.
Pouliot’s last five contracts have been one-year deals.
…i’d definitely love to have Pouliot back on a 2-3 year deal at around $2.5 million. There’s obviously a risk in signing an enigmatic player for multiple years, but I feel Pouliot’s success last season had more to do with his comfort level in the Rangers organization than being just a random occurrence.
…i don’t think it’s a coincidence that the inconsistent French Canadian was able to find his stride while playing for a French Canadian coach on a line with a French Canadian center. Certain players need that perfect situation to thrive and Pouliot has found that with the Rangers.
…he’s also a big body who isn’t afraid to pay the price in front of the net on the power play and brought a surprisingly physical game to the table. Obviously, he needs to cut down on the irresponsible offensive zone penalties, but, for me, the good far outweigh the bad when it comes to Pouliot.
…the more I read about the Rangers offseason plan, the more I think Sather is going to stay away from the big free agent splash, so if Pouliot does end up signing elsewhere, I could see them filling his spot with Miller or Fast rather than breaking the bank with a marquee player such as Vanek or Moulson. Although, I am a big Moulson fan.
Adam has a great piece on whether the Rangers should retain or release Pouliot, which you can by clicking here.