With the start of NHL Free Agency now just one sleep away, news has emerged that the Senators have set their sights on New York Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot.
According to a report over on this New York Rangers blog, and confirmed by a couple people I have spoken with as well, the Senators are hoping to lock up Pouliot when the market opens tomorrow at 12:00 PM. Pouliot was in Ottawa to meet with Senators’ Management this afternoon.
Pouliot is from the area, and would help fill a need the Senators have on the left side. The 27 year is coming off a strong season with the Rangers, in which he racked up 15 goals during the regular season and another 5 during their playoff run.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are another team with serious interest in Pouliot but assuming the offers are similar, it seems as though Ottawa would be his preferred destination. Something to keep an eye on tomorrow afternoon.