Florida captain Ed Jovanovski took part in practice for the first time since leaving the Panthers' game in Tampa Bay on Jan. 29 with what was originally believed to be a knee injury.
Jovanovski was vague about his "lower body" injury saying it's something that has been bothering him for some time.
"It's given me a lot of headaches," he said, "a lot of grief.''
Jovanovski, 36, has missed games in the past with hip problems.
Although Jovanovski says he has skated with Panthers training staff "six or seven times" since being hurt, he says he continues to feel pain and hasn't been able to skate more than three consecutive days. Therefore, there is no timetable for his return.
"It's difficult sitting back and watching,'' Jovanovski said. "You want to be out there contributing. And you can't do that when you're not playing. It's been a tough year, a grind. .-.-. At the end of the day, it's my decision on how I feel. I don't want to be coming in and coming out.''
Said Dineen: "He's excited to be back out there with the group. We'll see how he feels and hopefully it's a real progression back into the lineup.''
PHOTO COURTESY OF KELSEY HINDS/Special to On Frozen Pond