Brandon Dubinsky said he felt good after his first skate, and it was a hard skate, and said he’s not ruling out anything as far as when he might come back. John Tortorella said he’s been cleared to play, and they just have to see how he feels tomorrow, and that he’s not ruled out for the game against the Penguins.
News: Marc Staal went off the ice early, after either being hit by a shot or twisting something apparently, or perhaps with a skate issue. It didn’t look serious. Tortorella said he’s fine, and that he didn’t even know that he went off early, and that he would have been told if he was hurt.
Ryan Callahan will play tomorrow. Erik Christensen said he’s day by day, won’t play tomorrow, and has a date in mind, though he wouldn’t say what that date is.
Tortorella also said that Vinny Prospal is ready to return, but that he wants Prospal to have two more practices for conditioning purposes, and so the target for his return is Thursday vs. the Devils.
Dan Girardi will also play tomorrow. He said he’s 100 percent. Tortorella isn’t sure if Michael Del Zotto will play, and if so, who comes out … but added he liked some of the things Del Zotto provided on the power play before the break.
“Too many bodies for practice,” Tortorella said, adding that the “Orange Line” of Duhinsky-Prospal-Christensen was the best line in practice.
“It’s good to get the guys on the ice. I’m not sure who can play, who can’t yet, but obviously when you have that many bodies, they’re getting close.”
On what it means to get Callahan back:
“Everything. He does everything for us. He’s one of our leaders. I wasn’t sure, and I give our team a lot of credit — when we lost him, that’s when I worried about where the team was going to go. And I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and finding a way. Cally’s that important, so it will be good to have him back in the room first of all, and then on the ice.”
I’ll be back much later with quotes from Tortorella, Callahan, Dubinsky, Christensen. For now, gotta scoot.