(Raleigh, NC, December 30) – Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki rejoined the team late on Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina, and took part in the team's practice on Saturday.
Niittymaki was on the ice for approximately 40 minutes before coming off. He is still waiting for the full effects of a cortisone shot to his left hip on Friday in Nashville to kick in, he said.
"I practiced longer than I expected. I'm a little sore but we'll see how it goes. I felt, actually, really good the whole practice. I felt a little at the end so I came out.
"The doctor said it would be 48 hours before it really kicks in so we still have 24 hours to go."
Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin said the following:
"He felt it a little bit and just felt it was time to come off, so preventative wise we just felt it was a good thing for him to do. We'll treat it again tonight.
"Usually cortisone takes 24-48 hours to get the full effect. The doctor said we could try to go out and skate. We felt it would be a good time to go out and try it, and it just flared up on him a little bit."