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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Practice: Mar. 24
The biggest news of the day was unquestionably that Nicklas Backstrom was cleared to practice "with no restrictions." That means contact and full participation in drills. After participating in the session, which was optional, Backstrom says that he "absolutely" hopes to be back by the end of the regular season, but continually reiterated that he needs to be cautious and not push things. He's right; and while this news is nothing short of spectacular, one must realize that Sidney Crosby practiced with contact for an extended period without returning. You just never know with concussions, and rushing him back is a terrible idea.
Joel Ward, who was on crutches last night, obviously did not practice with what is being called a "lower body injury." Dale Hunter said that he is off crutches today, however, which indicates improvement.
Other than Backstrom, the Caps to practice were Aucoin, Orlov, Alzner, Carlson, Schultz, Perreault, Halpern, Chimera, Neuvirth, Vokoun, Holtby, Johansson, and Beagle. I'm going to hold my tongue here regarding the status of a certain player not practicing.
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Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.