Guillaume Latendresse re-signs for two-years with Wild

glatendresse.jpgWhile he was part of what was thought to be the most dysfunctional trade of the year last season, Guillaume Latendresse, who wore out his welcome in Montreal the same way Benoit Pouliot had in St. Paul, managed to make believers out of Minnesota Wild fans.  Now the Minnesota faithful can rest a little easier as the Wild have re-signed the power forward to a new deal. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune shares the news via Twitter.

Guillaume Latendresse, who scored a career-high 27 goals last season, agrees to terms on 2-yr, $5 million deal, says Fletcher

Yes, Latendresse scored 27 goals last season, 25 which came with the Minnesota Wild, providing a miraculous offensive punch to a team that desperately needed to give Mikko Koivu help. The contract breaks down to be worth $2.4 million this season and $2.6 million next year for a nice, tidy cap hit of $2.5 million. If, and this is a relatively big “if” here, Latendresse can keep up what he did after joining the Wild, general manager Chuck Fletcher got a steal and a half locking up the 6’2″ 230 pound forward for that kind of money.

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    Stars to scratch Nichushkin after rough outing versus Avs?

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    Looks as though slumping Dallas winger Valeri Nichushkin could be a healthy scratch tonight when the Stars host the Oilers at American Airlines.

    Per the Morning-News, Nichushkin — who barely played in the second and third periods of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Colorado — is likely to be replaced by Colton Sceviour in the lineup.

    Stars head coach Lindy Ruff was fuming after the Avs defeat, calling it “embarrassing, worse than disappointing.” It didn’t take a genius to realize one of the players in his doghouse was Nichushkin, who had just 2:02 of ice time in the second period and 3:24 in the third.

    Yesterday, Ruff dropped Nichushkin to the fourth line in practice.

    “I’ve been trying to help him by shifting him around,” the head coach explained. “He had some struggles early in camp on right wing, so I put him on left, and he doesn’t seem real comfortable at left right now.

    “His game, everything has got to get a little bit quicker.”

    The 10th overall pick in 2013, Nichushkin has struggled to build on the form shown in his rookie campaign, when he scored 14 goals and 34 points in 79 contests.

    He missed nearly all of last season with a linger hip ailment and has been a virtual non-factor through the first two games this year.

    Report: Teams ‘screaming bloody murder’ about Richards settlement

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    When the Los Angeles Kings announced they’d settled with Mike Richards, it didn’t take long for the accusations of salary-cap circumvention to materialize.

    And though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was adamant that the settlement was “far from” circumvention, apparently not everyone agrees with the league in that regard.

    “Privately, other teams are screaming bloody murder and are threatening to make an issue about it at December’s Board of Governors’ meeting,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

    Friedman goes into more detail in his story, so click the link to read more.

    But remember how we wrote that the issue in this case was precedent, and that the “NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door”?

    Well, one agent posed a good question to Friedman: “What’s to stop other teams from trying this?”