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03-23-2013, 07:54 PM
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Sign him soon, before the rest of the league catches on. He's basically playing how I expect Mark Stone to in a few years. At least get him a one year extension.
Agree with this 100%.

Unless his health is even worse behind closed doors, I see no reason whatsoever not to resign him. He plays exactly how I hope Stone could play someday; his combination of size and soft hands are something to behold when he's on his game.

I fully support and believe in the organization's philosophy of building from within, but I dont think any one of Stone/Noesen/Puemple/Da Costa/Pageau will be ready for top 6 minutes next year. Latendress (when healthy) seems to be dominant, so why rush anyone unnecessarily when we have a legit guy who seems hungry to get his once promising NHL career back on track.

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03-23-2013, 08:06 PM
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It's not a secret our offence has become a lot more dynamic with Lats around. I'd really like to see what an entire season of these guys could do:

Greening - Spezza - Michalek
Condra - Turris - Alfie
Lats - Z-Bad - Silf
Regin/O'Brien - Smith - Neil

I think that 3rd line could do some real damage offensively in the long term. That second line would be absolute hell to play against, and the top line has proven chemistry. We'd be running three scoring lines with shooters, playmakers, and guys who play well without the puck on each line. Depth down the centre and balance throughout.

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03-23-2013, 08:31 PM
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Sorry guys, but I'm just not seeing it. Terminally slow feet, slow decision making with the puck, big, but not mean or physical enough to take advantage of it. I think he's had some fairly fortunate points the last couple of weeks, but I just never see the guy being fast enough to be consistently dangerous. He's on not a bad little run of points, but he's never a guy I could feel comfy counting on.

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03-23-2013, 08:36 PM
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Sorry guys, but I'm just not seeing it. Terminally slow feet, slow decision making with the puck, big, but not mean or physical enough to take advantage of it. I think he's had some fairly fortunate points the last couple of weeks, but I just never see the guy being fast enough to be consistently dangerous. He's on not a bad little run of points, but he's never a guy I could feel comfy counting on.
He's been awesome in front of the net, who cares if he's slow he doesn't carry the puck for this team, all he has to do is get the rush going and go straight to the net for screens, tips and rebounds. He's awesome on our PP, Turris seems to be playing really well since he came back. I'd do an extension this summer if he can finish the season healthy

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03-23-2013, 08:41 PM
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Sorry guys, but I'm just not seeing it. Terminally slow feet, slow decision making with the puck, big, but not mean or physical enough to take advantage of it. I think he's had some fairly fortunate points the last couple of weeks, but I just never see the guy being fast enough to be consistently dangerous. He's on not a bad little run of points, but he's never a guy I could feel comfy counting on.
Patently false. And this whole hollow argument of getting "lucky bounces" isn't going to hold up for very much longer.

I don't think anyone who's still trying stay down on the guy even saw him play in his early days.

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03-23-2013, 08:43 PM
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Latendresse would be an excellent number 6ish forward.

Spezza
Ryan
Turris
Alfredsson
Silfverberg
Michalek
Latendresse
Zibanejad
Condra/Neil
Smith

That's my Cup contending top 9 depth.

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03-23-2013, 08:53 PM
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I just can't agree. I haven't seen any "awesome" anywhere. He's made a couple of nice plays with his hands and he seems to be a decent passer, but his skating is such a liability that I can't ever see him being a difference maker over a fair number of games. If he's in your top 6, you aren't going to be a very good hockey team and you better be looking to upgrade. Theres a reason this guy has worn out his welcome on teams a couple of times now. His size and occasional scoring bursts make you think he can be something, but I just don't see his skating, work ethic or consistency ever being good enough. I'd rather use his roster spot on an emerging younger player like a stone than tie one down on him. He was signed as a stopgap cheap "scorer", he's doing a little bit of that, but I sure hope we aren't looking to tie ourselves to the guy on a multiyear extension.

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03-23-2013, 09:19 PM
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I don't see why you'd prefer an 'emerging younger player' like Stone when you have a 25 year old who's already bringing the game that Stone is projected to bring some time in the future. And if Lats' skating is such a deterrent, you'd better prepare yourself for Stone.

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03-23-2013, 09:26 PM
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Lock him up. He's bringing energy and seems to be having a ton of fun being back healthy and playing hockey again. It's refreshing to see and I don't see any reason why he wouldn't want to stay.


Get it done, BM.

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03-23-2013, 11:54 PM
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Latts is a badass, and hes getting paid 1.25..naysayers need to **** and smile a little

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03-24-2013, 12:42 AM
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03-24-2013, 12:51 AM
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1-year deal only.

Force him to come in shape next year and a play well on a contract year.

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03-24-2013, 03:23 AM
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I don't mind him, but I wonder if he's a good fit in McLean's system. He sticks out compared to all our other players.

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03-24-2013, 03:45 AM
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Latendresse isn't intense enough for the playoffs. Not. Even. Close.

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03-24-2013, 06:17 AM
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I'll give credit to Latendresse for coming back like he has but he still needs to stay healthy and keep up his current play, so he's still a wait and see.

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03-24-2013, 06:37 AM
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1-year deal only.

Force him to come in shape next year and a play well on a contract year.
I agree with you. At which salary per year? 2.5M?

In his situation, I would ask for a 3 year contract. Think of Kuba. Not sure which guy is going to show up.

So Murray traded Foligno for Latendresse and Methot? What a trade.


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The line of Lats Turris and Silverberg has been very good. Lats underrated passing ability, his work on the cycle and his net presence are all good reasons to keep him. Other bonuses are his contract his age his physically his desire to be in Ottawa close to his family in Montreal and his point totals are pretty good considering the number of games played. Oh ya and a french canadian in Ottawa doesn't hurt either

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The line of Lats Turris and Silverberg has been very good. Lats underrated passing ability, his work on the cycle and his net presence are all good reasons to keep him. Other bonuses are his contract his age his physically his desire to be in Ottawa close to his family in Montreal and his point totals are pretty good considering the number of games played. Oh ya and a french canadian in Ottawa doesn't hurt either
If he comes into camp like he is now and improves good on him. We were sold a bill or goods by management and the media that he was better than he was. If he is healthy now and keeps up his play we should offer him another contract.

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03-24-2013, 08:33 AM
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I was hard on latendresse earlier on but he's looking a lot better- I don't get all the hate for him. He's cheap, young, has some talent. Definitely seems worth giving him time to turn his career around here.

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03-24-2013, 08:42 AM
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I hope he would agree to another 1 year contract, signed in the offseason.

He seemed to hint he already wanted to stay, so let him prove himself the rest of the way this year.

Sign for another at higher pay and see if he can play his way into a longer deal, maybe best for the Sens and him.

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03-24-2013, 08:52 AM
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It's too bad it's so hard to give contracts with big incentives added in the new CBA (unless I misunderstood). Hard to make a long term commitment to a guy that has such an injury history but it would be nice to keep him around. I like his knack for getting scoring chances and physical play.

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If he comes into camp like he is now and improves good on him. We were sold a bill or goods by management and the media that he was better than he was. If he is healthy now and keeps up his play we should offer him another contract.
Sold a bill of goods? How so? He was signed on a cheap 1 year deal, and it was clear this was a gamble, giving the guy a chance to prove he's still got it. I don't remember any gigantic expectations of him when the signing was announced. In fact if I recall correctly he was generally referred to as top 6 "depth."

But I hope we do try to re-sign him soon, because if he sustains this type of play the rest of the year the league will get wise to him. 1 or 2 yr max.

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03-24-2013, 11:56 AM
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I'm on the Lats bandwagon.

I'd resign him without hesitation.

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Yep...Lats deserves to be re-signed if he keeps playing the way he has. He's not a liability on defence, and he brings an element we've been missing on offence. I really like him so far.

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The other thing is that if there's any coaching staff that can help him with his stride, it's Ottawa. And after his last few games back I'm not convinced that his commitment is really an issue. He seems genuinely excited to be playing and wanting to play effectively.

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