MONTREAL – A game of musical chairs has taken over the Canadiens’ clinic and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of participants. While Georges Laraque and Mathieu Dandenault are almost ready to return, Guillaume Latendresse is just beginning to reacquaint himself with the team’s training staff.
After going heavily into the boards late in the third period on Sunday against the Bruins, the 21-year-old was handed his sentence on Wednesday: four to six weeks under the watchful eye of warden Scott Livingston, the Habs’ strength and conditioning coordinator.
“Scott isn’t one to hold back,” said a nonetheless smiling Latendresse. “I’ll definitely be sweating in the gym but it’s important for me to work hard and eat well so that I’ll be ready to go once I’ve healed. The playoffs will be right around the corner when I come back and everyone in the league will be at their best.”
While he injured the same left shoulder that required an operation in March 2004 – back then a member of the Drummondville Voltigeurs – the latest setback has no relation to the past injury.
“The doctors were quick to let me know what’s wrong and that the operation I had wasn’t affected,” explained Latendresse. “It’s definitely frustrating because I was really starting to feel comfortable. I felt good out on the ice with Max [Lapierre] and TK [Tom Kostopoulos].