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Benoit Pouliot traded to Lightning

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 23, 2012 11:08 AM

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PITTSBURGH -- The Bruins have traded Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay for Michel Ouellet and a 2012 fifth-rounder.

Pouliot scored 16 goals and 16 assists for the Bruins this past season. Pouliot was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1. The trade indicates the Bruins were not prepared to give Pouliot the raise he would have landed via arbitration.

* The Bruins have drafted defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk in the third round. The Charlestown native will report to Boston University in the fall.

* In the fifth round, the Bruins have picked forwards Seth Griffith and Cody Payne.

* The Bruins have selected Matthew Benning in the sixth round. Benning is the nephew of assistant GM Jim Benning.

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