But Monahan's brief skate Tuesday morning was by design.
"That was the plan," the 20-year-old center said. "Obviously I had a few days off there to get some rest, and the plan was for me to go out there and see how I feel. I felt good and I felt like that's all I needed. The plan was, when I felt like I was OK, I should get off then. That's what we did. We'll go from there.
"Everything's OK. Guys are going to be skeptical and things like that, but it was the plan to at least get my feet under me with the team. I was out there with the team. I was feeling good and I just felt that was the right time for me to get off."