For Montreal Canadiens’ Latendresse: The Fairy Tale has Ended

November 24th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »

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It was the fall of 2008, and the Montreal Canadiens' training camp was all abuzz about the pre-season performance of a young power forward. He seemed to have all the tools: a unique blend of size, power, speed, and intensity.

"He's been a nice surprise since the beginning of camp in the sense that he's adapted to every position and to every role we've assigned him," said coach Guy Carbonneau.

This player was smart, gritty, initiated contact, and had a terrific shot.

“He really understands the game, too. Sure he makes mistakes, but that’s normal at his age. We will definitely have a tough decision to make,” concluded Carbonneau.

The coach was speaking about Max Pacioretty. The 19 year old Pacioretty was bringing an element to the Canadiens line-up that had not been seen for some time.

It was truly an 'Emperor-has-no-clothes' moment.

You see, we had been told that we already had a power forward, Guillaume Latendresse. It must be true because Gui had told us himself. It had been confirmed by some in the media. Why else would they keep mentioning his name, and rolling his highlights? ...

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