First, see if you can pick out the return of an old face from these practice lines:
No, not perma-scratch Keith Aucoin. Rather, Jesse Joensuu was out there for his first official practice with the team in 2013. He's been out since the lockout ended, when he showed up to camp with a pre-existing injury from his play in Europe while the NHL shut itself down.
Then at the end of January, the Isles announced hernia surgery for Joensuu that would put him out for 5-7 weeks. That was roughly six weeks ago, so here we are.
UPDATE: After practice, the Isles pass this on:
Capuano: You can expect to see him (Joensuu) soon. Conditioning will come. TBD on whether he'll travel - depends on post-practice eval.
Arthur Staple of Newsday tweets that Colin McDonald is taking a "maintenance day." But the bigger and more immediate concern: Where's Michael Grabner in the above practice lines?
#Isles Injury Update - Michael Grabner has a shoulder injury. There is no timetable but he will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) March 12, 2013
As noted yesterday with Ullström's demotion, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play tonight while the Isles don't play until Thursday in Tampa Bay. So expect more decisions and news, if any, tomorrow.
Speaking of such decisions, Matt Carkner (still on IR) was at practice paired with Joe Finley. The Ullström move opens up a spot on the 23-man roster for someone.