Carbo made the right decision here even if it'll start some commotion within the French media. Right now Latendresse is the weakest link on the team and if Carbo sticks to his word in which he wants to have the best possible skaters in the line-up, then Latendresse is on the outside looking in. Obviously this was to be expected from a 19 year old. Maybe Carbo has been placing too much responsibility on this teenager's back recently and Guillame just can't pull the full workload. This can do him some good because lately he has been looking like the same player that was benched in the Canada World Junior games.
I don't mind this move at all as long as it's just for a game or two. Gui hasn't been good at all lately, but I'd still much rather have him on the ice than Garth Murray.
As far as those lines are concerned, I like them. I hate seeing Perezhogin on the fourth line, but I really have nothing to complain about at all if he continues to get chances on the power play and Carbo keeps giving that line 10+ minutes of ice time. Normally I'd hate that, but I really think that combo has a chance to produce.
Gui hasn't been good at all lately, but I'd still much rather have him on the ice than Garth Murray.
I have to disagree on that statement. I'm not a Latendresse hater but I have to say that Murray won himself a spot in the line-up based on the way he has been playing recently. How long will be maintain the position? It's difficult to say because he's the kind of player that doesn't show up all nights but in very recent games, he's been doing exactly what a 3rd or 4th line player should be doing; bringing energy, hitting, blocking shots, parking himself in front of goalies, getting garbage goals. I hate to drop the bomb on you but Latendresse hasn't been able to not even do one of those assignments. Obviously what i'm saying is that in the very short term, I would go with Murray. Gotta go with the hottest players to get every single point possible. But as soon as he slumps, come back with Gui.
Murray > Latendresse for the last couple weeks. The kid's tired and needs a break, period. A game or two from on high should do him good as he doesn't get the pampered "therapy days" that others enjoy. He's a kid, he's hit a wall, he needs a rest and then to gather himself up for the end of the stretch.
Great move Carbo and good luck to Gui !
BTW anyone else happy about that giant hit Ryder dished out last night ?