Monday, November 23, 2009

The Benoit Pouliot era ends

Well, we hope you remember 'B-b-b-Benny' and his time here in Minnesota.

Because, we say au revoir to Benoit Pouliot, as the former Wild first-rounder, drafted 4th overall in 2005, has been traded by the Minnesota Wild to the Montreal Canadiens, for fellow 2005 draft pick Guillaume Latendresse, the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft.

Both players have similar stats, and similar backgrounds. Both players never panned out to their potential, were vilified in the cities they played in, and might just do well with a fresh change of scenery playing for another team. Both players made the same amount, according to ($803,000 US), although Latendresse comes with a slightly higher cap hit for the Wild, due to his service time in the NHL.

The straight-up trade was approved by the League late Monday afternoon. Latendresse will not be available (due to US labor laws) for Wednesday's Wild-Boston Bruins game in St. Paul; Pouliot, who jammed his wrist against the NY Islanders on Friday night, is day-to-day.

More later.

-- WRT

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