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Pouliot signs one-year pact with Lightning

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Pouliot signs one-year pact with Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning kept Benoit Pouliot from hitting the free agent market just before noon ET on Sunday.

Pouliot and the Lightning agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.8 million, according to multiple reports. He had 16 goals and 32 points for the Boston Bruins this past season, but was traded to Tampa Bay on the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft for a fifth-round pick and Michel Ouellet.

He has 46 goals in the past three seasons, but the Lightning will also be the fourth team he's played for since the start of the 2009-10.

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I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday