NHL Free Agency 2012: Benoit Pouliot, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon Head Elsewhere

The Boston Bruins lost three former players on the opening day of the 2012 NHL free agency period Sunday. Forward Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Joe Corvo signed one-year deals with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively. Defenseman Greg Zanon signed a two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Zanon was considered to have the best chance of being re-signed by the Bruins. The blue-liner recorded two points--one goal, one assist--and four penalty minutes in 17 games played with the Bruins after being acquired at the trade deadline. His deal with the Avalanche is worth $2.25 million per season.

Pouliot came on strong with the Bruins late last season. In 74 games played with Boston last season, he notched 32 points-16 goals, 16 assists--and a plus-18 rating. The organization apparently didn't think too highly of him, however. His rights were traded to the Lightning last week in exchange for a fifth-rounder at the 2012 NHL Draft. Pouliot reportedly inked his one-year deal for $1.8 million.

Corvo struggled mightily as a Bruin. He scored a career low four goals last season, and was made a healthy scratch for seven games down the regular season stretch. Corvo's one-year deal is worth $2 million.

For more on the Bruins check out Stanley Cup of Chowder and stay tuned to SB Nation Boston.

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