Injured Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas looks to be getting closer to seeing game action.
Gudas, 26, has been recovering from a fractured wrist. It just so happens to be his right hand, his shooting hand.
Earlier this week the Czech defenseman was cleared to shoot pucks and take hitting in practice; however, he has yet to dress for a preseason game.
Heading into his second season with the Flyers, the 6-foot, 205-pound blue liner looks to improve upon his five goals and 14 points, along with an accumulated 116 penalty minutes, performance from last season.
In 2015-16 Gudas played in a career-high 76 NHL games, bringing his total NHL appearances to 202 since being selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
An American Hockey League (AHL) Calder Cup Champion and All-Star, Gudas looks to bring his earlier success in the AHL to his game in the NHL, and especially the Flyers.
After playing out the last season of his three-year deal with the Lightning with the Flyers last season the Prague native agreed to a four-year, $13.4 million contract that starts this season.
While no one wants Gudas, a $3.35 cap hit player, back on the ice more than himself and the Flyers both know that to get the best long-term performance out of him he needs to overcome the short term injury fully and not rush it and have a setback.
Look for Gudas to be ready to go possibly make a late preseason debut or early in the regular season.