The Sabres' signing of Benoit Pouliot is a low-risk depth move. Pouliot can start in a bottom-six role and new coach Phil Housley can see if he can provide some offense to the club. Pouliot was bought out by the Edmonton Oilers after not scoring a goal in the playoffs.
It was an ugly season for Pouliot. He had run afoul of Oilers coach Todd McLellan much of the season, and there was an early blowup after the Sabres' 6-2 win over Edmonton at Rogers Place way back in October.
McLellan erupted following that game, saying the 2-0 Oilers had quickly become full of themselves and that "We looked like the Bad News Bears."
McLellan saved some of his best jabs for Pouliot, who took two first-period penalties and was nailed to the bench over the final 40 minutes because he had taken six minors.
Said McLellan: "We have some foundation or fabric things that we have to continue to fix as an organization. Stupidity is one of them. So don't play. Watch."
The video of McLellan's post-game speech that night is contained in the following post: