Simon Gagne got some company today. In his recovery from the concussion he suffered on Dec. 26, Gagne has been skating since Feb. 12, but mostly on his own or with coaching consultant Bernie Nicholls. Today, Gagne was joined by Scott Parse, who returned to the ice exactly three months after he had hip surgery. The short-term prognosis for both players remains unknown. Gagne hasn’t been in any full-team practices yet, and Parse’s initial recovery period was 4-to-5 months.
GAGNE: “I’ve been skating by myself. That’s what the doctor told me to do. I’ll see him again this weekend and tell him what’s been going on.’’
Question: Is everything still headed in the right direction?
GAGNE: “It’s getting better. It’s not getting worse. That’s a good sign. Slowly, we’re increasing what we’re doing on the ice, and responding to that.’’
Sutter said he hadn’t really been following Gagne’s day-to-day progress — he really wouldn’t need to, until Gage is ready to practice — but seemed more enthused about Parse.
SUTTER: “I’m happy about Scott Parse. Today is the first day that he has had equipment on, so that’s what I’m happy about. Because it’s hard. I know, from having surgeries, you need to be able to see progress, or the next step, meaning from not skating to skating. You need to see that, so it’s good that he’s able to see that now.’’