PITTSBURGH With little intention of sending a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot prior to the June 25 deadline, the Bruins got some value for the inconsistent forward and traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second day of the NHL Draft.
Pouliot had finished with 16 goals and a career-high 32 points for the Bruins last season, and was a fixture on the third line for most of the season. But the highly skilled, wiry forward also struggled to maintain consistency, so he was dealt to the Bolts for pending unrestricted free agent Michael Ouellet and a fifth round pick.
Ouellet has had three solid seasons with the NHL with the final one ending with the Lightning during the 2006-07 season, but has bounced between the AHL and Europe over the last five years. The 30-year-old Ouellet put up 16 goals and 31 points for the Norfolk Admirals last season without a recall to the NHL club.
Boston had sent out qualifying offers to Tuukka Rask, Matt Bartkowski and Lane MacDermid last week, but it didnt appear that Pouliot was going to be in their plans. He was likely to get a hefty raise from his 1.1 million contract last season should he have gone to arbitration, so the Bruins avoid the entire process by moving him on to Tampa Bay.So getting some value for a departing player was a positive move for Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins draft team on Saturday morning.
Here are the talking points from the Boston Burins' overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers in preseason.
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BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods.
On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session.
Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.
The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods.
Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net.
Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.