After a day off Monday, the Dallas Stars were back on the ice for practice in Frisco today. Defenseman Philip Larsen (shoulder) and Ray Whitney (foot) were both on the ice. Larsen appears ready to return, Whitney still has a ways to go.
Whitney, who has been out since February 2 with a broken bone in his foot, was on the ice for only the first part of the practice and left early.
“He is still a little ways away,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I wouldn’t get too anxious about his return, as far as the skate today. I can tell you that the foot hasn’t completely healed. He’s probably ahead of where most guys would be as far as pain tolerance goes and that he can get out there. But he can’t come in until the injury heals. It’s as simple as that.”
Larsen has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, but looks as if he’ll be ready to return for Thursday’s game against Los Angeles. He was paired with Trevor Daley in Tuesday’s practice.
“Larsen looks pretty good and he’ll be available for us on Thursday,” said Gulutzan.
Larsen, who was hurt when he went head-first into the boards in the February 23 game against San Jose, said the injury involved a little bit of everything. But Larsen said he feels ready to go.
“I feel really good. It’s nice to be back on the ice with the team. It’s a lot more fun than skating by yourself,” Larsen said. “I feel I am ready to play, so whenever they want me in there I’ll make sure I am ready.”
Center Derek Roy didn’t skate today. The Stars gave him a maintenance day to allow him to rest his groin.
“It was pre-planned,” said Gulutzan. “His groin was bothering him. It was the only time in the schedule for two days to get him off. He had a hard workout today, and that was the plan. He’ll skate tomorrow. He is fine. He could have practiced today, but it was our only chance.”