Paquette says he'll be ready for season
Lightning forward Cedric Paquette briefly returned to the ice after Thursday's skate.
Paquette is still feeling some pain from the blocked shot he took off his left foot in Saturday's game, an injury that caused a cut that required five stitches. But Paquette hopes to return to practice in a couple days and isn't worried this will impact his availability to open the season.
"I think next week it should be 100-percent," he said.
Paquette said the issue is how the cut is pressed against the skate, which is uncomfortable/annoying. But it's getting better each day, and he was encouraged considering how bad it looked Saturday night.
"I thought it was going to be worse than that," Paquette said.
More from today's skate: Forward Brayden Point was reassigned back to his junior team in Moose Jaw, which plays Saturday... Captain Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman are among those not playing tonight. Ben Bishop will likely start, with Kristers Gudlevskis playing the second half of the game. Hedman did participate in the morning skate, saying he's feeling good, no issues from the minor injury suffered Tuesday night... Veteran C Brian Boyle, who has already shown his versatility filling in on defense, has been skating at left wing, which allows Vladislav Namestnikov to play center. Boyle said it's not much of an adjustment, he's played there while for the Rangers, and Cooper points out it's "huge" as the team doesn't miss a beat when he's on the wing.