Among those players at today's well-attended informal skate at IceWorks in Syosset was goaltender Rick DiPietro, who was in net opposite fellow netminder Dwayne Roloson during this morning's on-ice session.
After his off-ice workout that followed, DiPietro said he's in good health and good spirits heading into this season's training camp. And unlike previous seasons where he has been hindered or limited by injury, DiPietro is on schedule to begin live-game action with the rest of his teammates.
"I'm feeling good and it's nice to be back skating with the guys. It's definitely good to get back to some sense of normalcy in my routine compared with the last couple of summers," DiPietro said. "Everything had been good so far and I can't give enough credit to our training staff here.
DiPietro, who was rehabbing a surgically-repaired knee at this point last summer, said it will definitely be easier playing a regular training camp schedule rather than start mid-season like he did last January.
"It's tough anytime you miss training camp, so this is a good opportunity for me to start fresh and get back to the routine of being a normal goalie," he said.
DiPietro said he's kept in great condition this summer and has been watching game tape to get ready for the upcoming season, one he said he's approaching with optimism.
"We're excited," DiPietro said. "We made a lot of great moves this offseason. We've got some great new defensemen and some great experienced young guys coming back. I think everyone's optimistic."
Like they did in practice today, DiPietro is expected to split some of the workload with last season's starting goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Exactly how the playing time will break down is yet to be seen, and DiPietro said he didn't want to make any projections.
"I'm not going to put any limitations on it," he said. "My knee feels good and we'll go from there."
Two different groups on the ice today...will do my best to name everyone, but I may leave out a few. Andrew MacDonald, Bruno Gervais, Rob Schremp and Micheal Haley doubled-up and skated with both groups today.
GROUP 1: Dwayne Roloson, Rick DiPietro, James Wisniewski, Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina, Radek Martinek, Bruno Gervais, Andrew MacDonald, Trent Hunter, Doug Weight, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Rob Schremp, Micheal Haley, Frans Nielsen, Jon Sim
Group 2: Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Nino Niederreiter, Anton Klementyev, Dustin Kohn, Mark Katic, Micheal Haley, Bruno Gervais, Micheal Haley, Andrew MacDonald, Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen, Rhett Rakhshani, Jesse Joensuu, Matt Martin, Tony Romano, David Ullstrom
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