Buzz: There is mutual interest in Benoit Pouliot staying with the Rangers

Benoit Pouliot

5/24/14 | 3:56PM: Alain Vigneault said in French today that he hopes to coach Pouliot for more than one season. (Daily News)

4/11/14 | 1:29PM: The Rangers have expressed interest in bringing Benoit Pouliot back next season and Pouliot is interested in staying in New York, according to his agent. (Daily News)

His agent says that he doesn’t think things will be dealt with until after the season ends and he has “no reason to believe” that something won’t get done to keep Pouliot in New York. (Daily News)

Pouliot, 27, is playing under a one-year contract worth $1.3 million.

Since his entry-level contract expired following the 2008-09 season, Pouliot has played each year on a one-year contract:

  • 2009-10: $803,250 (Minnesota then traded to Montreal)
  • 2010-11: $1.35 million (Montreal)
  • 2011-12: $1.1 million (Boston)
  • 2012-13: $1.8 million (Tampa Bay)
  • 2013-14: $1.3 million (Rangers)

From the Rangers game notes last night, “Benoit Pouliot tallied a goal, and recorded three shots on goal in 15:48 of ice time. The Rangers forward extended his point streak to seven games (three goals, four assists over the span), and he has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last nine games. The seven-game point streak is Pouliot’s second of the season (Dec. 15 – Dec. 29), and ties his career-high. Pouliot’s 15 goals this season are one shy of his career-high, and his 36 points are a career-high.”

Pouliot had 2 goals and 2 assists in the first 27 games of the season. Pouliot was scratched on 12/7/13, played on 12/10/13 and was scratched again on 12/12/13.

He has played every game since (49 games) and has 12 goals and 18 assists.

On his better play during the season, Pouliot said on MSG last night “It’s tough when you get scratched or when you start like we did, it’s not like we were playing bad but the production wasn’t there. We weren’t getting the points we wanted and couldn’t put the puck in the net. He sat Zucc, sat me for a couple of games and it’s a wake up call and just to work on your game and get those bounces and I think second part of the season has been awesome.”

Pouliot has the second highest Corsi rating on the Rangers with 55.2%, meaning that when Pouliot is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers control 55.2% of the shot attempts.

Adam Rotter: I think Pouliot is deserving of a two-year deal and understands that he has found a spot with the Rangers where he has a nice role and good chemistry with linemates. He has moved around the last few years and looks like he has found stability with the Rangers and I think a deal can be reached that works for both sides, maybe two-years and $1.8 million per year.




6 comments
Matt Corbin
Matt Corbin

I honestly thought POOO was 40. All kidding aside, he has really stepped up and I think he deserves a 2 year deal at under 2mil per season. Any more than 2 would be overpaying and we would be better off working with in house talent.

jbob87
jbob87

2 years at 1.8 is a deal I would sign pretty quickly. I do worry about committing more than 2 years to a guy whose career year is 36 points and who had it playing with a highly productive Zucc.

I also wouldn't go more because Pouliot has shown to have trouble staying motivated. With more term he could take his foot of the gas so to speak and become the same player he eventually morphed into at all of his stops thus far.

Lastly I believe the Rangers need to move away from soft players. Pouliot is not the worst offender here, but I would rather see a real banger with Zucc and Brass. Obviously with some skill too I am not talking Dorsett.

Alex Agnew
Alex Agnew

He must be the oldest looking 27year old I've ever seen.

Has been solid things year, been part of the most consistent line, but also must be realistic on what he's worth. He's a 3rd line winger and can't expect much more than that.

mactruck
mactruck

2-3 years for pouliot and 4-5 years for zucc and brass would be ideal. Why break up our most consistent line?

avery16
avery16

As long as he doesn't ask for stupid Callahan money he is keeper. I think a 2 year deal would be ideal.