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03-01-2013, 10:19 AM
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Agreed, but being in "game shape" and being able to skate with some speed are completely different issues.
Agree as well but at the same time his game hasn't ever been based on speed. In short bursts he isn't as slow as some believe - he does have a bit of quickness.

His game is getting on a forecheck, hitting and working down low - most of his goals are scored within a few feet of the net and that is what he was brought in for. Even now it is painfully obvious Ottawa doesn't have enough guys willing to take a beating in the slot.

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Today on the drive they said Latendresse was close to returning but because of his lack of playing any really hockey over the last 2 and a half years it was pretty much pointless. He would be in no where near in good enough shape to contribute in any way.

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Bingo needs bodies…conditioning stint?

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Today on the drive they said Latendresse was close to returning but because of his lack of playing any really hockey over the last 2 and a half years it was pretty much pointless. He would be in no where near in good enough shape to contribute in any way.


Well he's practicing with the team so I doubt that's true.

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He's soooo injury prone. And just hasn't played enough these last couple of years... He's a guy who should have gone to play in Europe during the lockout...

I for one prefer seeing Silver B learn the game with key minutes than watch Lats play himself into game shape.

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Lats is still a tested NHL calibre player who has shown in the past that he can score. He may not be in top game shape but he'll get better and he won't do any worse offensively than the lowest ranked currently dressed 12.

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03-05-2013, 07:54 PM
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I really do not understand all this hate towards Latendresse, especially at the price we are paying for a potential top level scorer. He may be having the same issues Crosby had, coupled with migraine issues. I know that I have neck tension issues from being a competitive archer for a number of years and there are days when I get headaches from it. He fixes his neck and migraines and we have a really good potential power forward who is still young. This team needs pucks in the net, from any source we currently have, simple as that.

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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."

http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/03/05/...inking-clearly
At least some what of an explanation.


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Now that he is healthy, I would feel better about Latendresse's ability to contribute if he would voluntarily take a three game conditioning assignment to Bingo. Let him go play 22 minutes a game down there for three games, and get into game shape...

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03-06-2013, 11:04 AM
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I've soured on him, he did very little when he was in the lineup, what makes people think he can do any better this time? I would rather see DD in the lineup than this chubby checker. I would not re-sign him & if possible trade him at the deadline for anything (7th rder or pucks).

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03-06-2013, 11:09 AM
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I've soured on him, he did very little when he was in the lineup, what makes people think he can do any better this time? I would rather see DD in the lineup than this chubby checker. I would not re-sign him & if possible trade him at the deadline for anything (7th rder or pucks).
You don't think that, maybe, you know, he might have needed more than 6 games and 1 week of camp to get his game back?

Too crazy?

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You don't think that, maybe, you know, he might have needed more than 6 games and 1 week of camp to get his game back?

Too crazy?
He was starting the season with a new team he should have come into camp in the best shape of his life but it seems he didn't. He had the whole summer & the lockout to get into shape, how much time does he need? That could be a character flaw, laziness or stupidity, I'm not sure which is worse but IMO we are better without him & have prospects that will work harder than he does on & off the ice, they should be given the chance. If he does come back he will have some time to prove himself but I think that ship has sailed for him, I don't expect him back in the NHL next season.

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03-06-2013, 11:47 AM
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When he was playing he had more chances than anyone in the line up, give him a few games to get his touch back and he could be an awesome, cheap, top 6 player for us. The attitude most of this board has towards him is absolutely ridiculous.

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03-06-2013, 11:50 AM
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When he was playing he had more chances than anyone in the line up, give him a few games to get his touch back and he could be an awesome, cheap, top 6 player for us. The attitude most of this board has towards him is absolutely ridiculous.
This. That. Give the guy a chance atleast before writing him off like that. We're not exactly in a position to be refusing top-6 players on our team right now.

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This. That. Give the guy a chance atleast before writing him off like that. We're not exactly in a position to be refusing top-6 players on our team right now.
He's not top 6 ... he used to be top 6 yrs ago ... he was pushed down the lineup when he was here & playing ... if & when he returns I'm sure Maclean will give him lots of opportunities again but it will be up to him if he can do anything with them, we'll see.

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This. That. Give the guy a chance atleast before writing him off like that. We're not exactly in a position to be refusing top-6 players on our team right now.
Latendresse isn't a top six player, unless of course you are basing this on his one big year in Minny.

What Lats is, a big body that has never been overly physical. But he uses his size effectively to establish net presence, act as a screen and add a few goals from in close.

However over two years have passed since then and in that time he definitely has hasn't gotten quicker or faster.

I like his size and smarts, but just find his game has slowed to the point where he isn't an asset to his linemates.

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I cannot believe how much this board hates this guy. We need someone that can put the puck in the net, and he can. In his games here he had a number of chances but just couldnt convert. Even if it takes him 10 games to get there that is still better than half the forwards we have right now.

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I'm more than willing to give him the opportunity to earn his keep

We need score more goals and that's one of the few things he's good at (not great but he's got a more than decent shot)

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i'm in the camp to let this guy play the season out and see what we got. he played what, 6 games? this was after a long break. he might have (or might not have depending who you believe) been in good physical shape, but he wasn't in game shape.

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You're not going to find much better potential for trade or in the UFA market, unless we land Perry. Let's see if 'stache can mold him into the offensive threat that we need.

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I'm skeptical on Latendresse, but given how offensively challenged we are presently we really have no choice but to give him another audition for a few games in a top six role. If he can't produce, then plank him and play the young guys. At least a guy like Daugavins is contributing even if he isn't scoring. If Latendresse isn't scoring, he is baggage.

As for Perry, can you imagine the kind of dollars and term he will command if he hits the open market? I actually think the Sens are reasonably well positioned to go after him given our favourable cap situation, but he will clearly command a Spezza/Karlsson type contract from someone.

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the thing with Latendresse is that maybe he was still fragile in the off season and that's why he couldn't get in better shape. All I heard was that he looked in great shape. Must have been on a diet.

He had migraines? since when? was it from a hit this season or was from last season?

I need answers dammit.

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I'm skeptical on Latendresse, but given how offensively challenged we are presently we really have no choice but to give him another audition for a few games in a top six role. If he can't produce, then plank him and play the young guys. At least a guy like Daugavins is contributing even if he isn't scoring. If Latendresse isn't scoring, he is baggage.

As for Perry, can you imagine the kind of dollars and term he will command if he hits the open market? I actually think the Sens are reasonably well positioned to go after him given our favourable cap situation, but he will clearly command a Spezza/Karlsson type contract from someone.
He can only command what the market will bear. There is a new CBA, and thus players contract terms will not be a long or high as they were previously.

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He can only command what the market will bear. There is a new CBA, and thus players contract terms will not be a long or high as they were previously.
How naive.

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All will be well and back to normal once the season ends and we rid the likes of Latendresse, Regin and perhaps Daugavins. Opens up 3 new Sens to get a crack at a spot.

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