Guillaume Latendresse says he will miss Sheldon Souray now that the defenceman has signed with the Edmonton Oilers, but said his role in the locker room can be filled.
“On the ice or off the ice, a leader can be replaced,” Latendresse told RDS. “I think Roman Hamrlik and Bryan Smolinksi are players that will bring a lot to the team.”
While watching many players change places this summer, Latendresse says properly developing young players will help them stay loyal to their organizations.
“I am from Montreal and I am treated well by the organization, so when it comes time for my free agency, I don’t see why I would go anywhere else. It’s a question of loyalty,” Latendresse said.
In the same interview, Maxim Lapierre said he was surprised this month when GM Bob Gainey did not name him as one of the team’s centres, but remains confident he is in the organization’s plans.
“If they put me on the right wing, I will play there because I was used there a bit in Hamilton,” Lapierre said. “I am confident and the way I play at training camp will leave the Canadiens with no choice but to keep me.”