Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Canucks Re-Sign Pouliot
The Vancouver Canucks created some unnecessary panic, when they didn't give defenseman Derrick Pouliot his qualifying offer to keep him as a restricted free agent on Monday, because they turned around and re-signed him to a 1-year, $1.1 million deal on Tuesday. Of course, the fear-mongering media outlets had some fun with that, I'm sure.
Pouliot was acquired from the Penguins in the early part of the season and seemed to fit in pretty well with the club, despite some ups and downs. Still, he finished as a pool worthy defenseman, playing in 71 games, scoring 3 goals and 22 points, good enough for 88th among all defensemen.
The Canucks are already close to a well-rounded blueline already, not to mention a pretty young projected roster, as it stands. They are currently bursting with some salary cap space, but there may not be much need to use it all, as of right now. There may still be some tinkering here and there, but it looks like everything is moving in the right direction.