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Habs ink Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year deal

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL  –  Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday  the signing of forward Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Last season, Latendresse, 22, scored 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and served 45 penalty minutes in 56 contests with Montreal. Despite missing 21 games due to injuries, the 6-2, 230-pound right-winger ranked third on the team with 140 hits and recorded an NHL career-best plus-4 rating.

In three seasons with the Canadiens, the Ste-Catherine, Quebec, native registered 82 points (46 goals, 36 assists) with 133 penalty minutes and 354 shots on goal in 209 regular-season games.  

From 2003 to 2006, Latendresse amassed 210 points (96 goals, 114 assists) in 169 regular-season games with the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 2006, the forward won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship, in British Columbia. 

Latendresse was selected in the second round by the Canadiens, 45th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. 

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