Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-08-2011, 04:28 PM
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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.
I agree with most of this. I think his non use in the playoffs painted the picture pretty well. Pouliot has never really shown me that he can play a playoff brand of hockey. And i'm not even talking about an extra gear; playoff hockey is more about intelligence, awareness, and ability to raise your level of work ethic. Look at a guy like Backstrom on Washington. All the talent in the world couldn't hide the fact that this guy just doesn't get playoff hockey. The same can be said about Pouliot and a bunch of other guys. I'd argue that Andrei Kostitsyn does get it, he just happened to have a really bad last game, and unfortunately for him, that's what everyone seems to remember. For those who have complained night and day about giving up on Sergei Kostitsyn, dry your weeping eyes. The guy is the very epitome of a no-show in the playoffs. Pouliot is in the same boat as S. Kostitsyn, and may very well go on to have a similar year next year with another team. People need to look past the stats sometimes, and instead concentrate on the player's performance in important games. You want to retain the players that perform well in the tough games, and try to obtain player like them. Personally I'd trade Pouliot and try to get a player like Joel Ward. A player that's reliable, buys into the system, and understands the importance of big games. There's a reason why went out and got guys like Gomez, Gionta, Moen, and Gill. Playoffs performance means way more than regular season performance.
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