Rangers center Eric Lindros took preliminary steps towards returning to the Blueshirt lineup as he suited up and participated in the team's morning skate at Madison Square Garden prior to their game with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Lindros, who was cleared to resume light workouts one week ago, went through skating and shooting drills with his teammates but was not assigned a set of wingers during situational drills.
"It's been a little while (since I've skated), so I felt a little rusty," said the Rangers center in meeting the media after the on-ice workout. "It's fun to get back on the ice. I'm happy - things went well. It's a tough grind, though. I've done it before and I'm doing it again now."
"From a conditioning side of things, it has gone very well over the last three days," he added. "We're moving along with this fairly gradually - being agressive - but being smart about it."
"I don't know when the situation (to return to the lineup) will be the right one. We'll see how things develop over the course of the week and go from there. I certainly don't want to have any setbacks."
Lindros suffered a concussion during the second period of the Rangers - Washington Capitals game on January 28 following a hit from Caps defenseman Jason Doig.
In 39 games this season, Lindros has registered 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. RELATED LINKS:
February 24, 2004 - Lindros Cleared to Begin Light Workouts