Wild Trade Benoit Pouliot To Montreal for Guillaume Latendresse

November 23rd, 2009 by Austin Lindberg Leave a reply »
The Minnesota Wild traded former fourth overall pick Benoit Pouliot to the Montreal Canadiens for 22 year-old Guillaume Latendresse Monday afternoon.

Both players had struggled to acclimate to their NHL clubs after promising junior careers.  Pouliot spent the majority of his professional career moving back and forth between Minnesota and the Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston.  Pouliot had career highs in both games played, 37, and points, 11, in 2008-09 but never lived up to the billing of a fourth overall choice.

Latendresse spent significantly more time in the NHL than Pouliot and scored 29, 27, and 26 points in his past three seasons.  Latendresse is known as a player who is not afraid to play physically in the offensive zone, but his defense may be suspect.

Both players have had their fair share of negative press surrounding their names.  When Pouliot discovered he was being sent back to Houston in 2008, he trashed the team locker room.  Meanwhile, Latendresse held a brief sparring match with Patrick Roy in 2006, in which Roy said the only reason Latendresse was playing for the Canadiens was because of his French-Canadi ...

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