Low Price – Benoit Pouliot: – LW
Pouliot has bounced around the NHL for a while now. He was a high draft pick (4th overall in 2005 by the Wild) who never really lived up to his draft spot. He’s become a decent depth scoring option to whoever he’s played on, so there is some value. He’s on a one year deal, so the future risk is low. He doesn’t have many points this season (only 9 goals and 3 assists), but thats not always the best way to assess a player’s talent. If played with the right center, Pouliot can be an effective scorer.
High Price – Evander Kane – LW
This guy is so darn talented. Even on the struggling Sabres, he’s managed 36 points in 48 games. The problem (other than he comes with a high price tag) is his attitude. He’s been the subject of continued criticism from teammates. I won’t go as far as calling him a cancer in the locker room simply because I haven’t followed him enough. As the saying goes though “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” He’s on the last year of his contract, which makes him very appealing for teams. He’s a gamble for the Avalanche, and a big one at that.