Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone took to the ice with his team Monday morning at City National Arean in a blue practice jersey. Stone participated in his first practice in months as he had back surgery on Janurary 31st for the second time in his career and the second time in a nine-month span.
The 30-year-old right winger played in 43 games to start the season and scored 38 points as perhaps the team's most valuable player. Stone's last game was on Janurary 12 against the Florida Panthers.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy stated that Stone's addition to practice is the next step in his recovery process. He is not expected to return for the regular season, given that there are only two games left, and the VGK currently do not have the cap space with Stone on LTIR. Playoffs could be possible.
"It's a good sign. He looked good. This is his next stage in his return to play recovery and getting him ready with the team. Again, I don't know how long that will be, but this is step one, and we will see how he responds to it tomorrow. It feels good to have him around," said Cassidy.
Stay tuned for more injury updates on the Golden Knights later today.