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Latendresse feels "awesome"

Wednesday, 03.6.2013 / 11:20 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Latendresse feels \"awesome\"



Among the Sens' notable absences this year has been Guillaume Latendresse. He had been filling a top-6 role and trying to get his legs back under him after missing the better part of the year with Minnesota last season before being knocked out in late January with a whiplash injury.

The big forward is nearing a return and actually practiced with the team yesterday for the first time since his injury.

Here is his condition update:

On if he's close to returning:

Yes. I think right now it's more of the conditioning part. I think I've missed four or five weeks so I think I'll stick in Ottawa for the rest of the week and skate by myself and feel the box skate, get the legs going, the lungs going. But yeah, I don't want to put pressure on mself because sometimes you have setbacks but I feel confident right now, practicing the last three or four days, going hard in the gym, going hard on the ice. I feel awesome. I'm really positive but I don't want to put a timeframe on myself.

On the nature of his injury:

It was the neck and we found out it was a little migraine problem. I'm really tolerant of pain and I don't like taking advils or things like that so my brain got used to pain so now when I have symptoms it says that all the normal things that you do create pain instead of the normal things. It's more of a migraine problem that I have. So it was the neck and the migraines. It was a really positive trip for me to Michigan to visit that neurologist, it changed the way I was thinking and it's awesome.

On how the injury happened and recovery:

The hit against Montreal when (Colby) Armstrong hit me, I felt right away my neck was tight so we didn't want to take any chances with my history. Then we started and I was feeling better and my neck was feeling better and that's why we went to see that guy in Michigan and finally it turned out that it's great, it's awesome so it's really positive.

On when he may return:

We'll see. I don't want to put a timeframe. When I'm going to be available is the coaches decision too. Sometimes you're ready to go and the team's playing well and they're on a roll and don't want to change anything so I don't want to put pressure on myself and say it'll be Monday or Wednesday. It's going to be when it's going to be. That's it, I think. I just want to work hard and make sure that I'm ready when they say 'Gui, you're in' and I'll be ready to go.

On how the migraines affected him:

Even the past year when we were saying concussions, I think it was maybe more migraines than anything. It creates everything like a concussion so you feel all the symptoms but it's not a concussion, it's a migraine. It makes everything harder in life because your head is giving you the symptoms.

On his injury history:

Talking to that guy, that's what he said. Short term, long term, there's no danger. He wouldn't even use the concussion word for last year and it just creates all the symptoms. He said people who have that know it's a pretty bad feeling to have but it's good to know it's just that but you can still play and feel good and have your energy back, it's awesome.

All in all this is an incredibly positive update from Latendresse, as the nature of whiplash injuries and migraine problems can have long term implications for players that extend well beyond the month or so that Latendresse has already missed. Some will recall former NHLer Jason Allison missed roughly two full seasons because of whiplash related issues.

It's nasty business.

One thing that should be clear, however, is multiple players returning from injury is a very good sign for a team that has held down playoff positioning in spite of their collective absences. It'll be all hands on deck to wrap up this condensed schedule.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02