While he still has some ways to go in his recovery from his second back surgery in less than a year, Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has begun skating.
Bruce Cassidy met with media days ago and informed them that the Golden Knights captain is progressing in his recovery, and has begun what he referred to as “very light skating.” He also mentioned that the skating is a part of his rehab, which may suggest it isn’t being done in hopes of a return in the near future. The 30-year-old hasn’t played since Jan. 12, but was having a great season prior to his back injury with 17 goals and 38 points through 43 games.
Based on a number of different reports, it doesn’t sound as though Stone will be back any time soon, though a return later on in the playoffs hasn’t been ruled out to this point. That said, it seems very unlikely that he will be in the lineup by the time the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around, meaning the rest of his team will have to be prepared to get things done without him.
While Stone would provide a significant boost, the Golden Knights have proven they can win without him in the lineup, as they currently own a Pacific Division best 101 points.
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