Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-08-2011, 01:08 PM
nexus of the crisis
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I don't feel like he helps us in a bottom-6 role as much as maybe a different player would, given the way Martin runs the team. But who knows. I usually just kind of assume he's going the way of the other Martin discards, O'Byrne, Chipchura, Latendresse, SK, etc. But maybe not yet, I'm not sure. I don't think he has earned a salary any higher than his QO. So he has a little bit of power to manage his own situation, if he opts not to sign it and push for more. Then I can't see the Habs keeping him. Which is probably good for him.
Anyway, I basically see exactly the same Pouliot at 24 that I saw at 18, and didn't want. My optimism is not high that he'll ever be more than what you see right now. At the same time, what we see right now isn't awful, he has a place in the league, scoring 10-20 goals, depending on his utilization, capable of filling in some tertiary offense at times.
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