Report: Rangers May Let Pouliot Walk
One good season does not a superstar make, or even a regular on the Rangers roster for that matter. As of yesterday, 10 teams have expressed interest in Benoit Pouliot and he is seeking a long term deal.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post has said that he is looking for a deal in excess of 3 million a season. If that is the case, Glen Sather will let him walk.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 27, 2014
NY’s cap situation is precarious to say the least, and although Pouliot found mid-season chemistry with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard, he is easily replaceable.
Benoit Pouliot has earned his payday of course, but after showing a history of failing with other teams, why should the Rangers overpay for what could be the exception and not the rule?
Is a career 15 goal scorer worth over 3 million a season in today’s day an age? If so, the NHL is a mess. At the age of 27, what you see is what you get. With the amount of UFA wingers out there that have a proven track record, Pouliot is one to pass on.
Yesterday, we mentioned replacing Pouliot with Dany Heatley. Larry Brooks mentioned Heatley, as well as Dustin Penner and Devin Setoguchi. The latter is very interesting. Setoguchi is a former 30 goal scorer and has topped 20 goals 3 times in his 7 year career.
Why Setoguchi is so interesting has to do more with his coming off a disappointing season where he was making 3 million a season. It’s possible the Rangers could sign him for less. If that is the case, and I assure you, Slats has already made phone calls. NY should bring in the young man and watch the same chemistry ensue.