The Ottawa Senators have made their first 'big' foray into the open market and will ink former Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse should he pass his physical. Pierre Lebrun states that it will be a one-year deal worth $1.2 million should his health not be an issue.
Guillaume Latendresse is in Ottawa for a medical. If he pass it, he'll play with the Senators next season.
— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 1, 2012
Heading into free agency, one of Ottawa's clear needs was a big power forward who can potentially add some size and skill to either of the team's top two lines. Being able to fill such a need and to do it at such a relatively efficient cost is difficult to do.
Albeit, it's one that is not without some risk.
Coming off a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $2.5 million, Latendresse struggled to stay in Minnesota's lineup. Over the past two seasons, concussions have limited the 25-year old forward to 27 combined games. He was slated to become ...