Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers sign Benoit Pouliot (1 year, $1.3M)
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07-05-2013, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Grind Jam Grind View Post
The Lightning had to have had a reason to not qualify Pouliot.
Lightning didn't qualify him because his QO called for him to get a raise on a $1.8m salary. He was also arbitration eligible. If they had qualified him, he could've filed for arbitration. The arbitrator could've awarded him his QO or even given him more than that. The number wouldn't have been over $3.5m, so the team wouldn't have been able to walk away. Based on what other players with similar stats to him have gotten, it's not hard to imagine an arbitrator giving him over $2m.

The decision not to qualify Pouliot was a business decision, not a personnel one.

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