Wild trade Pouliot for Latendresse

November 24, 2009

The Minnesota Wild traded former first-round draft choice Benoit Pouliot to the Montreal Canadiens for left wing Guillaume Latendresse.

The 23-year-old Pouliot, drafted fourth overall in 2005, has been one of a handful of first-round disappointments for the Wild in recent years. Defenseman A.J. Thelen, drafted in 2004, never played for the team, and 2006 pick James Sheppard, a center, has not developed as quickly as the team had hoped.

Latendresse had two goals and an assist in 23 games for the Canadiens this season.

• The Blue Jackets placed forward Derek Dorsett on injured reserve retroactive to Thursday. Dorsett was injured in a 4-1 victory over Dallas when he was hit from behind by Stars forward James Neal. ... The NHL suspended Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque five games for a hit on the Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall. Kronwall will be out four to eight weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

AP

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