Sunday, March 25, 2012

Guillaume Latendresse

Sent: 10/13/11
Received: 3/22/12
Time: 161 Days
Address: c/o Minnesota Wild
Item Sent: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2010-11 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary
Item Received: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2010-11 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

The Minnesota Wild acquired Latendresse from the Montreal Canadiens in 2009 for Benoit Pouliot.  It was a classic challenge trade.  Both were high draft picks who had not lived up to expectations and had fallen out of favor with their original clubs.  The change of scenery immediately changed Gui's game.  He scored a team leading 25 goals in just 55 games for the Wild and seemed to have a spot locked up as a top-six forward for years to come.  In the two years since, though, injuries have limited him to a mere 27 games.  With a slew of prospects on the way and plenty of free agent cap space, there is no guarantee Latendresse will be back in St. Paul. 

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