Gleason was expected to return to practice and even roofed a shot during the shootout portion to end the practice. It’s likely that Gleason will be ready for the game against the Avalanche on Tuesday.
But the bigger news was that Ward surprisingly returned to practice today.
During practice, the 30-year-old took shots for 30 minutes, but did not participate in any of the drills or the shootout portion, which should have been expected. Ward probably isn’t ready for quick lateral movements yet.
Michael Smith had some better news on Twitter regarding Ward’s injury.
Tuesday not really an option yet for Ward, but Friday/Saturday could be something to watch after he gets in a few practices.
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) November 10, 2013
That would be a quicker return than most believed it would take for Ward to return from his injury. Michael Smith also said this would be the earliest return for Ward, so it could be a little longer than that.
Looking ahead at the Hurricanes schedule, they play Friday, Saturday and Monday, so skipping out on the two weekend games could be smart for Ward. He’ll only miss an extra two games and gain three more days to heal more.
Another thing to question right now, is why hasn’t Anton Khudobin returned to practice? He was injured before Ward and had a shorter timetable for a return but has yet to skate at practice like Ward did today.
There has not been any updates on Khudobin, but the Russian netminder has to be nearing a return, unless if the injury is more severe than originally thought.