Guillaume Latendresse Traded to Wild; Canadiens Receive Benoit Pouliot

November 24th, 2009 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
Yes, "the softy" has been moved to Minnesota for "the chicken." That's as far as my high school French, no doubt erroneously, will take me.

Underachievers Benoit Pouliot and Guillaume Latendresse have been exchanged for each other. Bob Gainey suggested, "Often times a different environment, new teammates, and a new situation can be beneficial to a player."

Latendresse was chosen in the second round, 45th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005. He was a scorer in junior, but the big, slow-skating forward has been unable to make that translate into NHL success. His best season was his first, when as a 19-year-old he played 80 games and managed 16 goals and 13 assists. Each year since then, his games played, points, and ice time have decreased.

Latendresse is a big kid (6'2", 230 lbs.) and was seen as a much-needed power forward on a tiny, quick Montreal team. Unfortunately, he's Dustin Penner slow without the soft hands. He's been called to play a more physical role, but again, his speed makes it hard for him to check effectively.

Pouliot was highly touted when he was taken fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild in ...

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