Rangers ink Benoit Pouliot to one-year, $1.3M pact


The New York Rangers add a little extra scoring touch via free agency on Friday, signing forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

He’s coming off a solid campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he scored 20 points in 34 games. He scored 32 and 30 points in two previous full seasons.

The Bolts decided to go in a difference direction this offseason, opting against extending him a qualifying offer on July 1.

The 26-year-old must be getting used to the uncertainty of being an NHL journeyman.

After playing parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Wild – the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005 – Pouliot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guillaume Latendresse in November 2009. He stuck with the Canadiens for the rest of 2009-10 and all of 2010-11 before bouncing to the Boston Bruins last season and Lightning in 2013.

Many believe that new head coach Alain Vigneault aims to make the Rangers a more offense-leaning team, so Pouliot could provide a nice – if subtle – amount of depth offense.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?