The Latendresse watch thread
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03-17-2013, 06:44 PM
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He's at what...4 points in 10 games now if he doesn't get any more points today? He's finally heating up and we'll have 19 more games to see where he's at. If he continues to stay hot and ends up with...say...18-20 points in 29 games, I think a similar contract to last season is in order.
He's not really taking away a spot from a young guy if he's injured a lot. It's only really an issue if it causes a player to be lost on waivers. Next season we're going to likely lose Alfredsson. The season after that, we could potentially lose Michalek. I'm not saying that Latendresse is part of a core, but he's almost the same age as Gryba, so the idea that he wouldn't be a long term solution is silly.
He plays a different game that almost anyone else on our roster, and it shows. He's a bit of a cherry picker but he's the best player on our team for redirecting shots and he throws the body on the forecheck like nobody's business. If we lost Alfredsson next season there is no reason NOT to re-sign Latendresse. We'll have enough roster spots to accomodate the players we want.
He also makes space for other guys just by drawing attention and causing a ruckus.
I agree with your thinking about a similar contract next year so long as he keeps bringing it. But something tells me that if he does keep up this play he may end up snagging a 2yr deal or something. Don't know why, but I see Murray doing that.
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