Guillaume Latendresse won’t be suiting up for the Phoenix Coyotes this season.
The team announced they released the seven-year veteran winger from his professional try-out agreement. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports says the team had until this weekend to make a decision to sign him to a contract or not. He’s now free to scope out other opportunities.
In Coyotes camp, Latendresse got off to a quick start with two goals and two assists in two games. With his big body frame and offensive skills, he could get a look elsewhere soon. What’s always held his career back are the injuries, most notably were his concussion issues.
Last season, Latendresse played with Ottawa and had six goals and four assists in 27 games. The last time he played nearly a full season was 2009-10 when he appeared in 78 games split between Montreal and Minnesota.
The New York Rangers add a little extra scoring touch via free agency on Friday, signing forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.
He’s coming off a solid campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he scored 20 points in 34 games. He scored 32 and 30 points in two previous full seasons.
The Bolts decided to go in a difference direction this offseason, opting against extending him a qualifying offer on July 1.
The 26-year-old must be getting used to the uncertainty of being an NHL journeyman.
After playing parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Wild – the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005 – Pouliot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guillaume Latendresse in November 2009. He stuck with the Canadiens for the rest of 2009-10 and all of 2010-11 before bouncing to the Boston Bruins last season and Lightning in 2013.
Many believe that new head coach Alain Vigneault aims to make the Rangers a more offense-leaning team, so Pouliot could provide a nice – if subtle – amount of depth offense.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
An 11-year-old Senators fan was invited to watch yesterday’s 3-2 overtime win against Montreal from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s personal suite. Melnyk made the offer after Keila Penner was told by her Montreal-area school that she couldn’t wear her Senators’ jersey. The rule was that the kids had to wear either their uniforms or Canadiens’ jerseys. (NHL.com)
Guillaume Latendresse noted his concussion history while defending his decision not to fight Montreal’s Ryan White in Game 2. Latendresse was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4. (Ottawa Citizen)
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien talks about the “Toronto Stronger” sign that made an appearance during Game 3 of the Bruins-Leafs series. “Sometimes the best and the worst comes out in the passion of our game.” (Boston Herald)
The Los Angeles Kings have called up a pair of goaltenders, 23-year-old Martin Jones and 21-year-old Jean-Francois Berube. (LA Kings Insider)
The case for Seth Jones being selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the number one pick. (Denver Post)
A recap of some of the recent 2013 IIHF World Championship action. (NHL.com)
Marty Turco will be hosting poker and golf fundraisers to help Children’s Medical Center. (Dallas News)
Highlights from the Islanders’ 6-4 win over Pittsburgh:
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