Grossmann Practices With Full Contact on Thursday
With only a few hours left until the Philadelphia Flyers discover who their second round opponent will be, the team received some encouraging news on Thursday morning during the team’s practice.
For the first time since being concussed in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Flyers hulking defenseman Nicklas Grossmann participated in practice with a full contact jersey.
Grossmann dressed for full-contact today.
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) April 26, 2012
An integral part of the Flyers defense-corp, Grossmann has participated in practice all-week since the team eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins from playoff contention on Sunday.
Up until Wednesday, he had worn a ‘no-contact’ jersey.
“As I said, it’s frustrating but it’s something you got to deal with,” Grossmann said to CSN Philly after Wednesday’s practice. “I’m just going day by day and trying to get better.”
Apparently he is feeling a lot better and so too are the Flyers' fans.
Grossmann offers a physical kind of defense that is largely unique to the team. When paired with Braydon Coburn, the two act as the Flyers premier shutdown pairing and offer difficult matchups to their opponent’s top lines.
It has been stated by several reports that Grossmann is moving well in practice and appears to be primed to return to action this weekend. However, nothing has been said by the organization as to his status for Game 1.
At this point, his return on Thursday is just a step in the right direction.
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