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Golden Knights sign Derrick Pouliot to one-year contract

The defenseman has played 42 games with the Silver Knights in 2021-22.

Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks

The Vegas Golden Knights signed defenseman Derrick Pouliot to a one-year contract ahead of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

Pouliot has played this season with the AHL Henderson Silver Knights, scoring two goals and 19 points in 42 games. The NHL deal is for the league minimum of $750,000.

The signing will help address Vegas’ depleted the blue line and comes as Nicolas Hague becomes the latest rearguard to hit the injury list; Hague will be unavailable for Thursday’s game.

The Knights also are without Brayden McNabb and Alec Martinez, and Ben Hutton is in COVID protocol.

Pouliot, originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (No. 8) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, last saw the NHL ice in 2019-20, when he skated in two games with the St. Louis Blues. He has eight goals and 48 points in 202 career NHL contests with the Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Blues.

He is expected to play against the Panthers.

In a related move, the Knights reassigned defenseman Brayden Pachal to the AHL.