After skating with the other injured Penguins the first two days back, forward Taylor Pyatt
(lower body) joined his healthy teammates for practice on Friday at Southpointe.
“Felt good,” Pyatt said. “Definitely nice to get some rest over the break and it was good to get back out there skating with the team. I felt pretty good for my first practice. See how it reacts after a hard skate today, then a day off (Saturday) and then another hard skate on Monday.”
Pyatt suffered the injury on his first shift of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win over Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 3, and missed the next two contests – Pittsburgh’s last two going into the break.
He took advantage of the days off to rest, relax and heal as much as possible before being required to report back to Pittsburgh on Feb. 19, traveling to Turks and Caicos for four days before returning to New York to take care of a few things there – all the while doing what he needed to do for his recovery.
“I just took a few days to really rest and not do too much,” Pyatt said. “Just a little bit of light biking and some other rehab exercises that helped over the break. I felt good working out and skating by myself the last few days and just really enjoyed getting out there with the guys and having some fun skating today.”
While the break was certainly beneficial to Pyatt physically, it was perhaps more beneficial mentally after what’s been a crazy past couple of months for the 32-year-old forward. Pyatt is the newest Penguin, having been claimed off waivers from the Rangers on Jan. 2 and playing his first game with the team the next day. The Olympic break was his first real opportunity to take a deep breath, and now he feels refreshed and recharged to get back at it with his new teammates.
“Yeah, mentally more than anything,” Pyatt said. “It’s nice to sort of get a little bit of a break. It was a bit of a whirlwind coming from New York and getting used to a new team and city, so it was definitely nice to have a few days. But I’m excited about being back here with the guys and getting ready to get things started again.”