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Numbers Game: Guillaume Latendresse

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild and General Manager Chuck Fletcher will be playing the numbers game this summer. Whether it be signing, trading, drafting, inviting or cutting, Fletcher has to put together a roster of salaries that fit under the NHL's salary cap. The players that make up that roster will be asked to put up big numbers in order for the club to have a successful season in Year X.

The 2010-2011 version of the Wild will start to take some shape later this month with the NHL Entry Draft, followed closely by free agency. Before that happens, let's take a look at some of the numbers by players that will likely be a part of Year X. Today, we look at the Wild's biggest mid-season acquisition: Guillaume Latendresse.

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37 . . Projected output of goals by Latendresse over an 82-game season with the Wild last year.

6. . . Gui became the sixth player in Wild history to score 25 goals in a season. He joins Marian Gaborik (five times), Brian Rolston (three times), Pavol Demitra, Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette.

17. . . The number of goals he scored in 29 games at Xcel Energy Center, and the number of points (11-6=17) he posted in the final 26 games.

3rd. . . G-Lat was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on January 18 after putting up four goals and four assists in four games, including his first career hat trick.

15. . .  Number of goals scored in 39 games in Montreal by Benoit Pouliot, the player given up to get Latendresse.

1st. . .  Latendresse's hat trick against Phoenix was the first of the 15 in team history to come in a loss.

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