About a month after learning he suffered a fractured foot from playing in the World Hockey Championships in May, John Tavares is out of his walking boot and skating.
After ditching the boot early last week, Tavares appeared on the ice for the first time Tuesday since returning from Germany, where he lead the tournament in goal-scoring despite playing through injury.
Tavares, along with fellow injured prospects Calvin de Haan and Mark Katic, have been taking shots against goalies past two days. Tavares said he's confident this setback won't hinder his preparation.
"We're not rushing things. We are going to take it day-by-day this week and get back to where I'm fully training 100 per cent again," Tavares said after Wednesday's session. "We're basically just testing everything out and making sure everything goes smoothly."
Tavares said if all goes according to plan, he should be ready to return to his regular workout regimen Monday when he departs for his hometown of Oakville, Ontario.
"It truly hasn't bothered me at all," Tavares said.
Bryan Trottier will no longer serve as executive director of player development for the Islanders, according to a source. The Islanders are trying to find Trottier a different role within the organization.
Although this development comes only one day after the news that assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting Ryan Jankowski was let go, the two moves are not believed to be related. Trottier, 53, won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders.
Islanders forward Jason Clark, taken in the third round of this year's draft, appeared at camp yesterday. He missed the first day because of a school commitment.