Season Review – It was a season to forget for the big but slow-footed Guillaume Latendresse. Signed in the summer with expectations of his filling a top 6 role, it wasn’t meant to be. His one year contract, like fellow signee Mike Lundin, was basically a tryout period for the player to prove he was an NHL player after a couple of years of various injury problems. Those problems continued this season as he missed the entire month of February and a good chunk of March with concussion-type symptoms that were publicly diagnosed as whiplash. Upon his return to the lineup, Latendresse had problems keeping pace, and as a result he had a hard time staying in the lineup. He finished the season as basically a spare part who was plugged in when needed. His final totals for the regular season were 27 GP, 6G, 4A for 10 PTS.
Playoffs – Again relegated to spare part duty, Latendresse got into 3 of the Senators’ 10 playoff games, managing 1 goal and 1 assist.
Contract Status – Latendresse was on a 1 year contract that expires July 5th and he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Importance To Franchise – nil. Latendresse has already been informed that he will not be returning to Ottawa net season.
Needs to Improve – At this point he is what he is. He might catch on to some team looking for a big body with some decent hands, but he probably won’t find a spot where he is an everyday player. He just doesn’t skate well enough.
Grade – F. Another signing that was debated at the time, but carried minimal risk. After 1 year, it was plain to see that Latendresse wasn’t the answer to any question the Senators had.