It seems there’s more fans than I thought who feel moving Guillaume Latendresse was another bad Bob Gainey decision and should never have happened.
I don’t know why. Are we patient babysitters or do we need this team to win?
The team is struggling with offence. It’s a rarity when someone other than Plekanec, Cammalleri, or Gionta light it up. It was expected of Latendresse, along with several others such as Max Lapierre and Max Pacioretty, to do their share in this department. But Latendresse talled two goals and one assist in 23 games, which in my book, are underachieving numbers for a guy who’s supposed to be an achiever.
Yes, he’s only 22 years old and probably hasn’t reached full potential yet. But what if he has? Can the organization afford to wait around and be patient when they’re sitting far down the standings and need to make some kind of small move up the ladder right now? And at 22 years old, a player should be a textbook case of energy, something I didn’t see much of at all from him. I often saw a player going throught the motions out there, like he had the job won.
Latendresse wasn’t helping the team win at all. Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec have been. So has Travis Moen and Roman Hamrlik and several others. But at what point in this season did we say after a game, “Wow, Latendresse was great tonight.” Was there a time?
He may or may not have a good NHL career, it remains to be seen. At this time, it doesn’t look like it to me. The average career in this league is about five years, and only those who produce and get the job done in one way or another last longer than that. He’s a player expected to provide offence and hasn’t provided this.
If I look back at players who have left Montreal, I think right off the bat to Steve Begin and Tom Kostopoulos. These were guys who left it all on the ice, who played every game like it could be their last, and I was sad to see them go.
In Latendresse’s case, I feel much differently.
He wasn’t helping the Habs, he was invisible on many nights, and so it was time.
Good luck in the future to Guillaume Latendreese with whatever team he ends up with. May he have a long career. It’s just too bad he couldn’t do the job in Montreal.
|2009-10||Minnesota Wild||NHL||Statistics Unavailable|