When the Ottawa Senators signed Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year deal on July 1st, many lauded the move as a low-risk, high-reward type.
After all, Latendresse is just a couple of years removed from a twenty-five goal, twelve assist season with the Minnesota Wild. On a one year deal, Ottawa can experiment with Latendresse on a short and inexpensive contract.
The twenty-five year old's certainly exhibited some signs of top-six talent in both Montreal and Minnesota, but injuries have really slowed his natural progression down as a player. And, with legitimate concern about the quality of his skating, the jury is still out with respect to his long-term future as a National Hockey League player.
See, Latendresse really isn't suited for grind-minutes, and if he's not scoring goals or creating plays in the offensive zone, then his value on the team is pretty minimal. Ottawa signed him as effective insulation for some of the younger wingers (e.g. Silfverberg, Stone, et al.) on the team, but they're going to need him to return to form if they want to return to the post-season next year.