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03-05-2013, 08:02 PM
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By Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

A trip to a neurologist has helped Guillaume Latendresse clear his head.

The Senators winger, who has missed 16 straight games, was back on the ice with the rest of teammates Tuesday for the first time since he was hit by Colby Armstrong of the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 30 at Scotiabank Place.

No, Latendresse didn't travel with the team and won't play this week, but he's getting closer to a return after visiting with a specialist in Michigan last week. Latendresse was told the neck injury he suffered is causing him to get migraines.

"I'm doing great, awesome," said Latendresse. "I feel awesome. I'm really positive."

Latendresse went to Michigan last week to get checked out by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher because he wasn't making progress. He missed a lot of last season with what was believed to be a concussion, but that may not have been the case.

"It's more of a migraine problem that I have," said Latendresse, who was one of the last players off the ice. "The trip I had to Michigan was really positive for me. It changed the way I was thinking and it was awesome.

"I got hit by Colby Armstrong and my neck was stiff, so we didn't want to take any chances with my history. We wanted to make sure everything was fine, which is why I went to see that guy in Michigan. It turned out really good."

Latendresse said the doctor told him his migraines "will create all the symptoms of a concussion, but it's really a migraine. Talking to that guy, he said no short-term, long-term (effects). People who have migraines know it's tough."

Latendresse said he isn't sure if he'll play Monday against the Boston Bruins or next Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

"I don't want to put a time frame on it," said Latendresse. "When I'm going to be available, it's going to be a coach's decision as well. When you're available, the team might be playing well or on a roll and don't want to change anything.

"I don't want to put pressure on myself by saying it's going to be Monday or Wednesday. It's going to be when it's going to be. I just want to work hard and make sure that I'm ready when they say, 'Guy, you're in.' I'll be ready to go."
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