TAMPA, Fla. - The Rangers welcomed Taylor Pyatt back to the practice ice Monday for the first time since he suffered a concussion on Nov. 7.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Pyatt could play for real soon. Pyatt wasn't sure of a timetable or if he had even been cleared for contact, but he is pleased that the "fogginess" he suffered after a hit from Columbus' Fedor Tyutin has lifted. "It was nice to be out there skating with the guys," Pyatt said. "I skated a few times back in New York by myself. I was able to go at my own pace and progress and I felt good the last few days."
Pyatt doesn't believe Tyutin -- a former Rangers defenseman -- was trying to hurt him. Tyutin was given a minor penalty for elbowing but was not disciplined further by the league.
"It's just one of those plays where I'm sort of driving to the net, looking for the puck, and he's trying to finish a check," Pyatt said. "I don't think there's any intent to injure and probably a penalty on the play is the right call. But there's definitely a lot of different opinions out there."
Derek Dorsett's first-period scrap was his NHL-leading eighth fighting major.