Guillaume Latendresse To Minnesota Wild, Benoit Pouliot To Montreal Canadiens

Felix SicardCorrespondent INovember 23, 2009

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 15:  Guillaume Latendresse #84 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates the first period goal by Roman Hamrlik #44 during the NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche on October 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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In case you haven't heard, Guillaume Latendresse has been traded to the Minnesota Wild.

It has been a rough season for Latendresse, who has scored two goals and added an assist. Also, he didn't seem to be meshing with linemate Maxim Lapierre like he did last year.

Also, the role of "Gui" on the team was very unclear. Was he supposed to be a scorer on the second line, or a grinder on the third line? 

These things were never apparent, and Latendresse's play too a hit because of that. Does this move come as a surprise?


Latendresse was supposed to be the next French-Canadian hero for the Habs, or at least that is the image that fan hype created for him. Advertised as a budding power forward who could score, the former second round pick in 2005 never met those expectations, although unfair.

Keeping in mind that Latendresse is only in his third year as a Habs, this move would seem a bit premature. But had Bob Gainey lost his patience with his prospect? Perhaps, but it was slowly becoming apparent that he would never be able to break through in Montreal.

It is undeniable that there was some potential, but none of that potential could have been met in Montreal.

Simply put, Latendresse was a victim of over eager fans who were desperate for the next French-Canadian star. 

In Minnesota, he will be able to hone his craft without the huge spotlight that was cast on him in Montreal.

The Canadiens receive Benoit Pouliot from the Minnesota Wild, the fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft, right ahead of Carey Price.

Limited to 65 games due to injuries, Pouliot has yet to play a full season in the NHL. He is out right now with an upper-body injury, but he will surely be in the Canadiens' lineup as soon as he returns.

Pouliot brings size and skill to the team, and perhaps a fresh start with a new club will jump start his career.

It is unfortunate that Latendresse was unable to carve a niche with the Canadiens, but now he can finally go play for a club that doesn't expect greatness from him.

If a change in scenery is what both players needed, then both players' time will come