Montreal - The Montreal Canadiens announced yesterday that Guillaume Latendresse was traded to the Minnesota Wild and in return, Montreal got Benoit Pouliot.
Pouliot, a Franco-Ontarian was a fourth overall pick in the 2005 entry draft. He was picked up by the Wild just before Montreal picked Carey Price. Guillaume was picked 45th overall.
Basically, both teams traded a problem. Pouliot Is known to be a lazy player. If he brings this laziness in Montreal, he will not last long. Guillaume had some difficulty following Jacques Martin's instruction. It is hard to believe Latendresse will do any better in Minnesota. He is a power forward but in Lemaire's defensive system I doubt he will be able to deploy his talent the way he'll want to.
Even if Pouliot had had taken an early flight to join his team, fans will not see him before another few games as he's nursing a wrist injury and is expected to be out of the lineup indefinitely.
SK74 back in Montreal
To fill the gap, Montreal recalled forward Sergei Kostitsyn from Hamilton. This is great news for Montreal. Sergei did a good job in his extended stay in Hamilton notching four goals and 13 points in 16 games. Gainey also called up J.T. Wyman. in 19 games with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-2 212-pound forward scored three goals and amassed six assists.
Still, the Canadiens will have to deal with Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets, without the services of Scott Gomez (Groin), Jaroslav Spacek (lower body) and Brian Gionta (foot). Gomez is day-to-day and he and Spacek are not expected to suit up against Pittsburgh tomorrow either.
NHL's second star of the week, Carey Price, will start his sixth consecutive game. He only allowed 10 goals in regulation in his last ten games.
As Price seems to have found his game, Columbus' net minder Steve Mason is struggling. The 2008-09 Calder trophy winner is showing a 3.59 GAA. Mason allowed four goals on seventeen shots in a 7-4 loss to the New York Rangers last night at the Madison Square Garden. He got scored on four times in seventeen starts so far this year and was pulled three times. Hitchcock is giving the nod to former Habs' goaltender Mathieu Garon who didn't do much better against the Rangers when he replaced Mason by giving in three goals on fifteen shots.
Lines for tonight's game
Leach - O'Byrne
Bergeron - Hamrlik
Gorges - Mara
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