Gunnarsson returns to the ice…
Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who remains sidelined with a concussion, skated with teammates Saturday. Though he won’t be ready to participate in Saturday’s game against Dallas, it appears he is inching toward a return.
“He was full-go. We will take it day-to-day and see where he is at and when he’s ready to go,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Gunnarsson, who was injured on Dec. 6, was taking strides in his recovery last week. But the defenseman was sent home from the Blues’ recent trip after symptoms returned. Indications are that those symptoms have subsided, as Gunnarsson was a full participant in Saturday’s morning skate.
“He’s getting himself ready to be a player,” Hitchcock said. “We will evaluate every second day.”
Elliott nearing a return?
Goaltender Brian Elliott, who is nursing a knee injury, continues to participate in the team’s practices. Elliott says he is feeling improvement, but a timetable for his return is not present. However, Sunday’s practice could be crucial to developing a better idea as to when he could be ready.
“The practice tomorrow for Brian is really important,” Hitchcock said. “Full-go and we will see how he does and give an evaluation after the practice.”
Schwartz could skate soon….
Injured forward Jaden Schwartz was seen walking around outside the locker room Saturday morning. It is possible he laces up the skates in the near future.
Schwartz, who has missed the last three games with a broken foot, was expected to be reevaluated after the holiday break. Initial assessments were that the forward would perhaps be able to return soon after the break.
“I can’t really tell you until he puts his skate on, which we are hoping is in the next few days but we aren’t sure yet,” said Hitchcock. “I can’t give you a defined time until he puts the skate on.”