Guillaume Latendresse

Coyotes release Latendresse from PTO


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.

Rangers ink Benoit Pouliot to one-year, $1.3M pact


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 Morning Skate: Where Sens owner Melnyk makes young fan’s day


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. (

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. (

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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Habs get Pacioretty, Gionta back for Game 3


After two rugged games in consecutive nights in Montreal, the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators have made some lineup tweaks for Game 3.

The biggest news is that Habs forwards Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta will indeed play on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Both missed Game 2 with injuries that are obviously minor enough to fight through tonight.

On the Ottawa side, some small tweaks were made. Cory Conacher takes Guillaume Latendresse’s place in the forward group while Patrick Wiercioch boots out Andre Benoit on defense (also according to LeBrun).

Montreal won nicely in Game 2 and dominated despite losing Game 1, so one would think that they might take it to Ottawa. Still, the Senators have been scrappy and the series switches to their home ice.

The game kicks off on NBC Sports Network starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Senators pick Lehner to start against Bruins

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If the Ottawa Senators want to avoid the Pittsburgh Penguins in round one of the 2013 playoffs, they’ll need a strong performance from much-touted goalie Robin Lehner.

The team announced that the 21-year-old will start in net against the Boston Bruins instead of Craig Anderson on Saturday.

It makes sense to rest Anderson on back-to-back nights, but some probably wondered if the Senators would opt to play him anyway because Ottawa still has something to gain by winning today. Again, as the eighth seed, they’d face Pittsburgh; alternatively, if they win against Boston, they’ll jump to the seventh seed and face the struggling Montreal Canadiens.

Lehner’s been the victim of bad luck. His 4-3-4 record doesn’t tell the true story of his production; the young netminder has a sterling .936 save percentage and 2.22 GAA in 2013.

In other Senators lineup news, Guillaume Latendresse will dress as a forward. Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes believes that he might spell Milan Michalek, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.