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  • Guillaume Latendresse is a Pro

    I eat my own words.

    Guillaume Latendresse has been retained by the Montreal Canadiens and is now an official NHL player.

    Latendresse’s strong play made it virtually impossible to send him back to Junior without raising hell among fans and media. But it wasn’t the media and fans that made the decision. Gui deserved the chance after showing he can score, play physical and not be a defensive liability in the NHL game.

    Latendresse seems to excel when the competition and opposition is strongest. With Latendresse the Canadiens mediocre physical presence is now improved and the Habs now have a potential ‘power forward’ which they’ve lacked for years.

    So what happens next?

    Latendresse is now ineligible to return to Junior and will be spending the rest of his days in Montreal.

    The pressure is on. Making the team is one thing, pre-season games are pre-season games. It’s the big time for Gui now. Will he go on to surpass expectations and perform like Patrice Bergeron did for Boston? Or will the pressure get to him?

    Either way, having him on the team makes the games even more fun to watch.

    Congratulations to Latendresse.

  • Patrick Traverse

    It didn’t take long for the Canadiens to address their defensive concerns.

    How they did it however, is a bit surprising.

    Patrick Traverse was claimed off waivers to return to Montreal where he played from 2000-2003.

    Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM

    2002-2003 Canadiens 65 0 13 13 -9 24
    2001-2002 Canadiens 25 2 3 5 -7 14
    2000-2001 Canadiens 19 2 3 5 -8 10

    Was this the right move given the circumstances?

    There is a strange feeling about this. With all the new youth and progress the Habs have made recently, signing a mediocre player from our past mediocre seasons takes away from the excitement and feel surrounding the new team.