It appears the Blue Jackets are close to becoming whole again.
Forward Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Murray took part in another full practice Monday morning at Nationwide Arena and will be with the team as they embark on a two-game trip starting Tuesday night in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders.
Milano, out since leaving a game in Toronto on Jan. 8 with an oblique injury, could find himself in the lineup in the next two games as he worked on the second line Monday, alternating at left wing with Oliver Bjorkstrand.
Because of the nature of the injury, Milano has been able to do plenty of skating and said he was back on the ice not long after leaving the lineup.
“It was nice to get a little . I’m getting there,” said Milano, who has eight goals and 13 points in 35 games this season.
“I’m real close, I don’t know how long, but I’m close. I have been skating for a while, so I’m in shape. I’m ready to go.”
Murray, out since late November with what is believed to be a back injury, took part in the full practice and worked on a fourth defensive pairing with Dean Kukan — who is expected to be scratched for a second consecutive game.
Because Murray has been out so long, it may take him a little while to get back into game shape. Murray had been skating in January then had “a setback” and was back off the ice.
Murray, the second overall pick of the 2012 draft, would definitely help the Jackets upon his eventual return.
“It feels good to be on the ice again,” Murray said on Monday afternoon. “I feel pretty good right now, we’re just going to make sure. I’m trying to take it day-by-day, honestly.
“It has been frustrating; everyone just wants to play and I’m no different. It has been a long process and I just want to get back out there. That’s my only focus.”