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03-29-2013, 01:16 PM
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Greening, Michalek, Smith, Neil, Hoffman, Condra, Zibanejad & Silfverberg. A few of those guys like Greening, Smith & Neil also stand in front of the net to block the goalies view & all of them have scored in front of the net. So does Stone.
Having said that though, I'm starting to change my mind on Latendresse but I'm just not sure. I think now that he could be re-signed what we don't know will be the term but because of his age, he is only 25 yrs old it could be longer term. What I like about him is his size & he does have some history of scoring in the NHL & has been playing well with the two Swedes lately. Murray has some hard decisions to make.
What I don't like about him is he has an injury history, is slow & to me looks lazy out there at times & doesn't back check enough for my liking
but all that can be taught & coached.
Because he is still young, because he is a big guy & because he can score at times my guess is that he could be re-signed for 2 to 3 yrs. But in the back of my mind I keep thinking that they need to make room for some young guns like Stone, Noesen & Puempel sooner rather than later. BTW who is more valuable to this team Lats or Condra? And what about JOB, he looks good every time I see him play?
The thing to remember is he was very much a rushed prospect. He was put onto the Habs' first line as a 19-year old rookie. And like you said, a lot of the things he lacks can be learned, especially with the staff we have here in Ottawa.
I've probably been singing praises of him too much, but it's because I expected very little of him and he keeps surprising me. I'm in the "sign him" camp, but with the serious health concerns I wouldn't dare offer more than 2 years maximum. And that would be the perfect situation to let the young guys you mentioned develop and allow Murray to re-assess things down the road.
And if he stayed healthy during that time but was still out of a roster spot due to surging prospect, his value would probably be high and could get some return on him, especially at only a few million a year.
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