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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
(Pending physical) $1.2 million plus bonuses for Latendresse in Ottawa
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman. But the Wild winger said he thinks he has avoided what everyone who knows his history fears—a concussion.
Unfortunately for the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse hasn’t.
One game after returning from a concussion, Latendresse was lost during the first intermission of Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago because of what coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome.
Latendresse logged 7:03 of ice time in the first period with four hits. On one shift, he checked Nick Leddy hard, then rocked Viktor Stalberg with an open-ice hit near the benches. It’s unclear if that’s when Latendresse was rattled.
But clearly, the power winger, who missed 15 games before returning in Winnipeg, will be shut down indefinitely.
The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Guillaume Latendresse to a two-year contract extension worth $2.5 million per season.
Latendresse blossomed in Minnesota last season after coming over in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens. After posting two goals and one assist in 23 games with Montreal, Latendresse was dealt to the Wild on Nov. 23 for Benoit Pouliot. Latendresse responded by scoring 25 goals and 12 assists in 55 games with Minnesota.
from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,
For every player who aspires to be part of a hometown team, there is another who has found that familiarity can breed surprising unhappiness. So it went with Guillaume Latendresse, who spent the final weeks of his tenure in Montreal preparing for an inevitable trade.
The lofty expectations that fall upon young French Canadian players in that city had pushed his career into a corner. Though he was completely unfamiliar with Minnesota, he viewed his Nov. 23 trade to the Wild as a chance to be appreciated for who he was, not who others wanted him to be. Relieved of both the pressure and the preconceptions, Latendresse didn’t remain a stranger for long….
“The biggest problem in Montreal was that I was born there,’’ Latendresse said. “Everyone expects more when you were born there.
“It’s really hard for a Quebec-born player to play there, because they’re looking for a French star—and sometimes, that’s not quite your role. You can bring something, but they always want more. A franchise like this, with great fans who are just here to see hockey and love hockey, that’s great for me.’‘
In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade. More from Pierre on the trade…
MONTREAL – Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
via Pat Hickey at Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens confirm that left winger Guillaume Latendresse will be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. He was injured Sunday when he lost his balance while chasing a puck into the corner and slammed into the boards.
from the CP via TSN,
Montreal also lost its goal-scoring leader, centre Robert Lang, likely for a long time as he had a tendon in his left heel sliced by a skate after a harmless looking hit into the boards on Stephane Yelle 8:33 into the third period.
And then winger Guillaume Latendresse left at 17:28 with what appeared to be a shoulder injury after he slid hard into the boards while checking Chuck Kobasew.
more on the Bruins 3-1 over Montreal today.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Since joining the team on Nov. 29—not coincidentally, the last game before Latendresse began his exile—D’Agostini has four goals in six games and his energetic play has revitalized linemates Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn. It’s folly to think he can maintain this offensive pace, but 20 pounds heavier and two years smarter, he’s equipped to do all the little things that turn a prospect into a pro. At this point, a job is his to lose.
The same can’t be said for Latendresse, who seems ill prepared to handle his struggles. His confidence shot and his opportunities limited, he’s likely to remain on the outside looking in.
Could Latendresse have benefited from a more cautious route to the pros? Watching D’Agostini make the argument nightly, it’s hard to think otherwise.
Also, in the KK Member Blog a few days ago, Slasher98 weighed in on D’Agostini too.
from the Montreal Gazette,
The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….
Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.