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06-25-2012, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
Looks like MIN won't qualify Latendresse. What about him as a relatively cheap, outside-the-box option? He's missed 137 games the last 2 years, but he's only 25 and scored 27 goals in '09-'10 (including 25 in 55 games after the trade from MTL).

PITTSBURGH -- The Wild won't make qualifying offers to restricted free agents Guillaume Latendresse and Nick Johnson before the Monday deadline, general manager Chuck Fletcher said on Saturday, June 23. But especially in the case of Latendresse, Fletcher expects a deal will get done.

The forward has played just 27 games the past two seasons because of concussions, and is able to sign for less than his $2.5 million salary in 2011-12 because he spent more than 100 days on injured reserve last season. Fletcher said on Saturday he has talked "10 times" with Pat Brisson, Latendresse's agent, and though the talks could go toward the start of free agency on July 1, Fletcher is optimistic the Wild will get a deal done.

The team is particularly interested in rolling the dice on Latendresse's health because of his goal-scoring potential; he scored 27 goals in 2009-10, bagging 25 of them for Minnesota after a midseason trade with Montreal. The 25-year-old tweeted last week that he has been cleared by doctors for next season, and the Wild are interested in signing him to an incentive-laden deal with a lower base salary than he'd normally receive.

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