Left wing Brent Rumble returned to practice Tuesday after missing two months with a broken foot.
"It's a little rough,'' Rumble said. "I rode the bike every day, but it's not the same as skating. Hopefully I stayed in good enough shape off that ice that with some hard skating I'll be back soon.''
It didn't help that Rumble was wearing brand new skates which need to be broken in.
Colin Chaulk and David Hukalo were at practice but skipped the workout to rest minor injuries. Both said they hope to return tomorrow. Kevin St. Pierre also missed practice to take care of a personal matter but will return on Wednesday.
David Carpentier said he hopes its possible he could play Sunday after having a groin strain.
"I do what I can each day to get it better,'' he said. "It's frustrating and not much fun watching practice.''