Kevin Rooney skated on Friday with the Devils at practice, subbing in down the middle for a line that Jack Hughes would normally be on but with Hughes taking a maintenance day, Rooney centered Jesper Boqvist and Wayne Simmonds.
It's not fun at all," Rooney said of being injured and out of the lineup since the team's November 13 game against Ottawa. "But being up in the press box, watching your teammates go to war every night and, you know, it feels really good to be back and I feel like I'm progressing well and feel like I'm ready to go."
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The nature of the upper body injury that Rooney had, he was still able to stay active on the ice.
"I was able to skate, so like I was getting some good skates in with the skill coaches. The medical staff have done a great job of keeping me in good shape and now it just came down to getting my timing back."