Denis Gauthier was a surprise addition to the practice group today, given that he was walking around in a protective boot three days ago and that he missed the previous two games. Gauthier, who officially is listed with a bruised foot, limped as he walked toward the ice and made it through about two-thirds of the practice before he left the ice on his own. Afterward, Terry Murray said it had been up to Gauthier to determine how much pain he could tolerate in practice. It’s unknown whether Gauthier will attempt to practice Thursday.
Also, Brad Richardson left practice early. He stumbled during a drill and discovered that his skate blade had become loose. Then, upon taking off the skate, he discovered a bloody sock. Apparently, Richardson had been slashed by a teammate’s skate during the drill and hadn’t noticed it. He got stitches after practice and his status for tomorrow is also up in the air.