Earlier this month, goaltender Kevin Poulin signed a PTO deal with the Ontario Reign, the AHL affiliate of Los Angeles. Evidently, he did enough to make an impression as Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that he is on waivers today which means that the Kings have signed him to an NHL contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Poulin spent last season with Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL but despite putting up strong numbers there (a .915 SV% in 43 regular season games), he was without a playing home for this season until late December where he signed a tryout deal with Detroit’s farm team when they were dealing with injuries between the pipes. However, when Jack Campbell was traded to Toronto which forced the promotion of Cal Petersen, the Kings had a vacancy to fill and he left the Griffins to join the Reign.
The 29-year-old has 50 games of NHL experience over parts of five seasons with the Islanders but he last saw NHL action back in the 2014-15 season. Given how long he was unsigned to start the season, it’s unlikely that he’ll be claimed but teams will have until 11 AM CST on Sunday to place a claim if they so desire.