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06-25-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Bender View Post
Why trade for him if you're not going to qualify him?
To quote Lightning beat writer Damian Cristodero:
Not qualifying Pouliot may see odd since the Lightning acquired him from the Bruins on Saturday for minor-leaguer Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round draft pick, and that the plan seems to give Pouliot a chance to play as a top-six forward. But by not giving him an offer, Pouliot cannot invoke his arbitration rights. (...)

Tampa Bay is confident it will sign Pouliot, and Hughes (his agent) has the same view.

"I'm confident," Hughes said. "We think Tampa is a good fit, a good situation for Ben, a good opportunity at this stage in his career. He made real strides last year and would have been more than comfortable returning to Boston. Boston's got issues that they had to resolve in terms of numbers and cap money, so couldn't think of a better landing spot than Tampa."

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