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07-20-2011, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Ozymandias View Post
Again something based on assumptions and not reality.

When Lats came into his 2nd camp (one year after being drafted), the Habs wanted him to stay in the Q until he could go into the AHL by the end of that season, but Lats and his agent refused and not only wanted a contract, but also wanted the assurance that he would play in Montreal from the start of the contract. He even threatened to not sign and go back to the draft if he didn't play IN Montreal from the start.

Selective memory won't put the blame on the Habs. Lats never had the dedication needed, and was also sent into a primadona role by his agent and Quebec media. Habs wanted to do what was right for Lats, Lats is the one who forced something else. Something that he probably regrets today.

That sense of entitlement you're talking about wasn't given by the team. It was first promoted in the media, and then Lats and his agent took advantage of this by forcing the Habs to keep him up instead of going to the Q and then AHL.

Like I said before, people always put the fault on the teacher nowadays, yet students are more and more difficult, think everything is owed to them.

I followed Lats enough to know full well that he dug his own grave in Montreal.
So many misconceptions about Latendresse ...

Latendresse scored 32 goals in his first two NHL seasons getting third line minutes and virtually no PP. He did this by scoring 16 goals, and then scoring 16 goals again, very consistent. In his third season, the debacle of 2008-09, he played at a 21 goal pace, and the Lapierre-Latendresse-Kostopoulos line was our best line for many nights. He had spectacular puck control, and was able to go up and down the boards. The following year he had 27 goals and 40 points over 78 games. He was 100% ready for the NHL style of play, he played at a high pace, and if you go look at the 2005 NHL draft selections he is one of the most successful players. He is 6th in goals scored despite 8th in games played. If he was as bad as he is made out to be, his 8th place ranking in games played would make him no higher than 20th for goals scored.

There would have been no benefit to leaving him in the Q for a year where he would have scored a zillion goals playing with one hand tied behind his back. 16 goals in the NHL with third line minutes == how many goals in the Q? I'm not interested, those performances should never be observed in junior leagues it's bad for development. In any case, the Habs needed the even strength scoring Latendresse excelled at, they were not going to get it from the Brian Smolinski type players Gainey preferred to play.

Latendresse, D'Agostini, O'Byrne, SK74 are players who have gone on to great sucecss elsewhere. Pouliot is going on to great success in Boston. I bet AK46 will do so in 14 months as well. Lapierre, a former 15 goal scorer who was elite for drawing penalties which we care about as a collection of PP specialists, was replaced by... Ryan White. Chipchura is the only recent ex-Hab who has not gone on to greater success elsewhere.

I don't blame Martin. I mostly blame Gainey. O'Byrne would be preferable to Spacek right now, and a line of Latendresse-Plekanec-Cammalleri would look great in our top-6. Instead, we're paying 4.5 million to an aging Cole to produce the same 20-25 goals that a prime-entering Latendresse would produce for 3 million.

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