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Latendresse on Kassian

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

As I had for you in this space yesterday, Matt Kassian knows a handful of guys on this Senators team from his days in Minnesota and training with NHLers. One of his closest friends of that group is none other than Guillaume Latendresse who offered some insight into Kassian ahead of him joining the team in Ottawa tomorrow.

Here's what Gui had to say:

On talking to Matt yesterday...

I sent him a few texts to welcome him here and say good things about the organization and the group of people we have here. I think he's going to fit right in. He's such a great guy and a good guy to be around.

On Matt's personality...

For the media guys, you're going to find him funny. He's really fun to be around. He loves everything. He can talk with you guys about whatever you want. He's a... weird guy isn't a good word, but a guy with a lot of passion.

On what he brings to the lineup...

I think it's going to help out guys like Neiler and Smith who have fought a few times. They're good hockey players and we can't always have them in the box for a fight or whatever. A guy like Kass is going to come in and make sure our smaller guys get bigger.

Obviously more positive endorsements for the newest member of the team, and coming from a guy that has played with him, it has to carry some additional weight.

Matt will likely be on the ice for practice tomorrow in Ottawa and we'll see what he has to say then.

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