For Lightning forward Simon Gagne, his neck injury remains a bit of a mystery.
Gagne, who has missed the last seven games while on injured reserve, said he's feeling better, but is "still not quite where I want to be."
Gagne has seen several doctors, including local neurologist Ed Grant, and though he said there doesn't appear to be any symptoms related to concussion, they're still trying to get to the bottom of what's wrong before he can move forward.
"We're still not quite sure what's going on," he said.
Head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan said the next step is a nerve conduction test today to make sure the nerve patterns are properly coming out of the neck. Mulligan said an MRI of Gagne's cervical spine showed some fluid in the back of his neck, but they believe that's from an old injury while Gagne was with Philadelphia, and not a cause for his current symptoms.
For now, Gagne has been riding the stationary bike and getting treatment, hoping to find an answer. He said his neck is still stiff, and Mulligan said there is some vision issues related to Gagne's focus when he's moving his head from one position to another.
"The biggest thing is treating it each day and he's improving," Mulligan said. "That's the good news. The more testing we do, the more we know what it is not. Just continuing to move along."
* Other things from the morning skate: Steve Downie (back) said he's ready to play and coach Guy Boucher said he will. "He's nuts, in a good way," Boucher said with a grin.