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Ryan Poehling to Philadelphia | Max Pacioretty to Washington
When the Habs acquired Mike Matheson, they obviously had to part with Jeff Petry, but they also had to send Ryan Poehling to Pittsburgh. The former first-round pick wanted out, and in Pittsburgh, he would have the opportunity to revive his career.

Now, almost a year later, the CH seems to be the clear winner of the deal. Matheson is doing very well here, while Pittsburgh is looking to unload Petry and hasn’t even made a qualifying offer to Poehling.

And now Poehling has found his new team: he has agreed with the Flyers on the terms of a one-year contract. He will be paid $1.4 million.

This will be Poehling’s third team in the last 12 months. The good news is that he won’t have to move far this time: he’s staying in Pennsylvania.

I don’t know if the third one will be the right one for Poehling, but hey.

At $1.4 million, he won’t do any harm in a depth role. That said, we agree that today, Kent Hughes really does look like a thief when you think back to the deal that brought Matheson to town.

Ron Hextall’s record in Pittsburgh isn’t getting any better, let’s say.

But Poehling isn’t the only former CH player to have found a buyer: Max Pacioretty also found his new destination today, agreeing to a deal with the Capitals.

He will receive $2 million in guaranteed salary, but will have the chance to earn another $2 million in bonuses.

It’s a steal for the Capitals, who get their hands on a guy with the potential to come in and score goals. He’ll miss the start of next season, but think of it as a bit of a deadline acquisition: he’ll be joining the club later this season.

In short, two former CH players find work across the Bettman circuit. Can’t wait to see what they can do with their new club.

In brief

– Michael Bunting: three-year contract in Carolina.

– Another big contract for a defenseman.

– Mike Reilly: one-year, $1M contract with the Ducks.

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