ATLANTA -- Jason Pominville laced up his skates and took a spin around the Philips Arena ice today following the Sabres' morning skate, the first time the right winger has been on the ice since his Oct. 11 concussion. Coach Lindy Ruff said it's a sign of things to come.
"Tomorrow will be a bike ride and a lot longer skate, probably half an hour," Ruff said. "By Friday, I would think he would be able to get to maybe the same on the ice but ramp up the workload a little bit. Hopefully, by maybe as soon as Monday he’ll be full practice."
Pominville rode a bike before skating. He said he had no problems riding on the team plane, which worsened Tim Connolly's condition during one of his comebacks from concussions.
"He’s gone through two bike rides where he’s felt better," Ruff said. "Usually, a plane ride doesn’t affect it when they get to a certain point. I was just happier he got through yesterday’s bike ride with no ill effects."
Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn joined Pominville on the ice but will miss tonight's game against the Thrashers with a groin injury.
"Morrisonn’s doing better," Ruff said. "Groin’s are funny things. The individual knows when he can push it and when he can’t and he’s doing as much as he can right now."