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02-17-2013, 01:36 PM
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How stupid was it to let Benoit Pouliot walk?

I'm not saying Pouliot is a world-beater, but he has 5G and 5A in 14 games for the Lightning averaging 12:38 minutes per game. Even with the Bruins he was a quality top-9 forward with speed, grit and goal scoring ability.

Yet the Bruins let him walk. Why? Management's line was that they wanted to make room for Jordan Caron. Sorry, but there was and is NO reason to believe that Caron will ever be a better player that Pouliot. The fact that Caron hadn't even shown a lot of NHL promise to that point made the decision even worse.

Look at our roster now, and you'll see a clear need for another top 9 forward...i.e., Pouliot. And we'll be giving up assets at the deadline to fill that void.

Idiots.

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02-17-2013, 02:12 PM
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Yeh pretty dumb, but most were happy about it here.

I think Chia and co thought Caron would be ready to take the reigns, and potentially could have brought more to the table than Pouliot.

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02-17-2013, 02:15 PM
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He's complete trash the only problem is Chris Bourque is worse.

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02-17-2013, 02:18 PM
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Problem is with tweeners no GM has a crystal ball. As well as its always easy to criticize after the fact.

In other words, where was all the angst on July 1 st?

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I was a fan of Poo, but really didn't mind when left, because I assumed management would find a better player to replace him with.

Boy was I wrong...

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02-17-2013, 02:23 PM
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Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it? I don't regret it one bit. I don't think anybody gave a flying bleep when he left. There is no point in debating what might have been when it was the right move at the time.

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02-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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He's also playing on a line with Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. He'd never, ever, ever be putting up those numbers here.

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02-17-2013, 02:26 PM
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Didn't we get Griffith with his pick? Maybe that will work out.

Our 3rd line was way better with Pouliot though.

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02-17-2013, 02:33 PM
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I was as big of a Pouliot fan & supporter as anyone, and was disappointed to see him go - but I don't think he's really a $1.8m/season player.

He's putting up great numbers now because of his linemates and with how snakebit Kelly & (to a much-less-extent) Peverley have been, Pouliot would be producing at his normal career pace & people would be screaming for an upgrade at that spot if he was still a Bruin.

And I don't think they let Pouliot go just to make room for Caron (as OP suggested) - they let Pouliot go because TB offered him a deal that was worth more than Boston wanted to pay him. So unless they could convince him to stay in town for less money, he wasn't going to be brought back.

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02-17-2013, 02:34 PM
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I didn't mind him. He played hard and had skill, if he had hockey sense he would be really good. He made some boneheaded plays and caught heat for it in the playoffs but he played harder against Washington than alot of guys on the team and certainly earned him $1.1 million when he was here.

It's one of those hindsight is 20-20 things. Caron did show some promise down the stretch last year and the Bruins thought he would keep progressing instead of taking a big step back this year. Also, I believe Pouliot got about 2 mil for this year and at the time the Bruins were much tighter with the cap with the uncertainty of the Thomas situation.

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02-17-2013, 02:35 PM
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Chris Kelly is currently the big problem with that line, followed by career AHLer, Chris Bourque.

Letting Pouliot go isn't the problem, replacing him with a midget who is weak on the boards... is.

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He's complete trash the only problem is Chris Bourque is worse.
Exactly.

Who will it be next year ? The return of Chuck Kobasew ?

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02-17-2013, 02:38 PM
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I was happy with Pouliot here. He's fast, he's got good size and he's physical too. He's not a big loss but he's certainly better than what the Bruins have right now in his place.

He's playing with St. Louis and Lecavalier or at least he was yesterday.

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02-17-2013, 02:41 PM
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The opposite of stupid.

Um... Smart? Yeah. No Pouliot. No thank you.

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I like Pouliot but the real mistake was letting Ryder walk.

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I like Pouliot but the real mistake was letting Ryder walk.
I'd rather have pouliot than Ryder back

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Look for a Prospal / Antropov pickup for that 3rd line spot IMO, after Caron is back and given a chance.

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I like Pouliot but the real mistake was letting Ryder walk.
looking at the cap now we'd be able to afford both ryder and pouliot, and be rolling 4 pretty nice lines

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looking at the cap now we'd be able to afford both ryder and pouliot, and be rolling 4 pretty nice lines
Who would be sitting?

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Look for a Prospal / Antropov pickup for that 3rd line spot IMO, after Caron is back and given a chance.
Would take either one.

Never cared for Pouliot, and the fact that he's producing now doesn't change it one bit.

Ryder on the other hand, that's a guy I wanted to keep around.

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I was happy with Pouliot here. He's fast, he's got good size and he's physical too. He's not a big loss but he's certainly better than what the Bruins have right now in his place.

He's playing with St. Louis and Lecavalier or at least he was yesterday.
Most of the time he plays next to Pyatt and Tyrell.
It varies ... he also plays a lot alongside Lecavalier + X.

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When they're here, fans hate them.

When they put on another jersey, they're the greatest players evah.

That's funny, I seem to find it's the exact opposite.

When they are somewhere else they are girlie flopping diving draft disappointments, and when they are here they are Poulie and deserving of foot rubs every night.

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02-17-2013, 03:42 PM
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Except for Corvo. He sucks no matter what team he's on.



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The haters got what they wanted. Just like when Ryder was let go. Both time, we downgraded as the 3rd line winger position.

I would take back Ryder or Poupou in a second. As well as any upgrade over Bourque on the 3rd line.

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