Read: Where do the Rangers go if they lose Benoit Pouliot?

Benoit Pouliot9:44PM: Players mentioned by Larry Brooks as potential replacements are Marty Havlat, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner or Danny Heatley if they are available at “reasonable prices.” (NY Post)

1:47PM: Benoit Pouliot, 6-3, 197, played in 80 games for the Rangers last year and had 15 goals, 21 assists, 7 PP goals, 141 shots, 141 hits and an average of 13:26 per game.

  • In the playoffs Pouliot played 25 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 26 PIM, 40 shots, 59 hits, 15:42 per game, 1 PP goal
  • 5 of Pouliot’s regular season goals came with the Rangers down by 1 goal and 5 came when the score was tied.
  • 3 of Pouliot’s 5 playoff goals gave the Rangers the lead
  • His corsi was 55.1% in the regular season, 51.9% in the playoffs, his average shot distance was 24.1 ft, fourth closest to the net of potential UFAs. (ES)

Pouliot is a UFA tomorrow coming off a one-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.3 million.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers would be interested in having Jesper Fast fill the role of Pouliot, 11 games, 20 hits in reg season, 9 hits in 3 games in playoffs, or could look to sign another reclamation type of player to a cheap one-year deal. (NY Post)

He mentions the names of Dany Heatley, Dustin Penner and Devin Setoguchi as possible “reclamation types.” (NY Post)

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Buzz: Benoit Pouliot is looking for a long-term contract (Update: The latest on Pouliot)

Benoit Pouliot6/27/14 | 6:47AM: It’s expected that Pouliot will receive “multiple offers” of three-years and at least $9 million if not more. (NY Post)

Pouliot’s agent says that his client wants to remain in New York but there haven’t been “extensive” talks with the Rangers yet and a “substantial” number of teams have reached out. (NY Post)

His agent said that they tried to get something done before the regular season ended but it didn’t work out. (NY Post)

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Buzz: Rangers are trying to keep Benoit Pouliot (Updates)

Pouliot6/25/14 | 12:24PM: There is mutual interest in Pouliot returning to the Rangers and some talks have taken place but Pouliot is seeking a longer term than one-year. (Katie Strang)

6/21/14 | 8:33PM: Larry Brooks writes that Pouliot “rescued” his career this year with the Rangers and is likely to get at least $2.5 million. (NY Post)

9:49AM: The Rangers are making a “sincere” effort to work out a deal to keep Benoit Pouliot with the team. (Craig Custance)

Custance says that Pouliot was a nice fit with the Rangers this season.

Pouliot is a UFA on July 1.

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Read: The top 25 free agents and the Rangers

Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot and former Rangers Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards make Craig Custance’s top 25 free agents. (ESPN Insider)

Stralman was ninth on the list and he told Custance that he is comfortable in Alain Vigneault’s system. He said that it was an easy transition for him and Dave Maloney has said all season that from start to end Stralman was the Rangers most consistent defenseman.

Richards is 17th and one scout told Custance that Richards still has tremendous qualities with his vision, shot and passing. Custance says that Richards is best suited for a bottom-six role but one that features him on the PP and covers up his defensive issues.

Pouliot is ranked 21st and called a “good fit” with the Rangers.

Callahan is ranked 3rd, behind Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek, and Custance says that if he gets to July 1 it’s expected that Buffalo could offer him the most money.

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Read/Stats: Benoit Pouliot, his season and what his future might be

This season Benoit Pouliot set a career high in games played (80) and points (36).

His previous highs were 79 games played (2010-11 with Montreal) and 32 points (Bruins 2011-12).

The 15 goals Pouliot scored was tied for his second most (16), his 21 assists set a career high and his 36 points marked the third time in his career, and three of the past four years, where he has had 30 points.

In 2012-13, in 34 games with Tampa Bay, Pouliot had 20 points which put him at 0.59 points per game.

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Read: The Derick Brassard line in the playoffs

So far, through eight playoff games:

  • Benoit Pouliot: 3 goals, 3 assists, 13 shots, 14:30 per game
  • Derick Brassard: 1 goal, 2 assists, 15 shots, 15:21
  • Mats Zuccarello: 2 goals, 2 assists, 18 shots, 16:38

Brassard now has points in two straight games but was scoreless in games 3, 4, 5, 6 against the Flyers.

Zuccarello had points in the first two games and had points in game six and seven.

Pouliot had points in the first two games and is now on a three game point streak with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Alain Vigneault said after the game on Friday, On the Brassard line, “since Christmas they have probably been our most consistent line. They have real good chemistry, they read off one another and support one another well. Tonight they were good with the puck and strong on the forecheck and scored two in OT.”

Derick Brassard said after the game on MSG, I thought tonight our line scored two goals but they played us really tight. We just try to bring some offense and I felt that against Philly we didn’t get rewarded but we had a big game seven and it gave us confidence

Ken Danyeko said on Hockey Night Live, “if you told me in September that your second line would be Brassard, Pouliot and Zuccarello, I would say that you are going to have a tough time making the playoffs. To their credit, especially from the second half on, have been dynamic.”