The Bruins thought that with the right coaching, structure and more of a role on their team Benoit Pouliot would finally blossom.
Today they ended their ties with the former No. 4 overall draft pick by dealing his rights to Tampa Bay.
Pouliot is scheduled to be a restricted free agent assuming the Lightning tender him a qualifying offer.
In exchange the Bruins received the rights to 30-year-old journeyman Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Ouellet is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent July 1 after he played for the Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals last season in the American Hockey League. The pick is 131 overall.
Pouliot joined the Bruins as a UFA last summer after Montreal did not tender him an offer as an RFA. After a slow start, he finished with 16-16-32 totals in 74 games. His last act as a Bruin, however, will be the shoot-in that didn’t get past Mike Knuble at the Washington blue line and sent the Capitals up the ice on their game-winning rush before Joel Ward’s overtime goal in Game 7 in April. Tampa Bay will be Pouliot’s fourth organization since Minnesota drafted him fourth overall in 2005.