"The lockout allowed me to get four-to-five additional months to get my health back (head, hips issues). I feel really good," Latendresse said.
However, the veteran forward is happy the lockout is finally over, especially after fearing that the 2012-13 season could have been entirely whipped out.
Latendresse is aware that fans could remain angry for some time, but understands their point of view.
"It's obvious that some NHL fans will be upset. We understand that," he said. "We are extremely lucky to do what we do."
Latendresse will look to please fans in Ottawa and improve his personal numbers, after collecting eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in just 27 games over two seasons with the Wild.