Update, 12:35 p.m.: About 90 minutes after Michal Neuvirth left Monday's practice early, the goaltender emerged from the Caps’ dressing room walking gingerly.
Neuvirth’s previously undisclosed injury is a badly bruised right foot, according to the goalie. He said he suffered the injury during the morning skate last week before the Tampa Bay game.
“It’s not ready yet,” he said. “It’s going to take some time to get better. [Today] was a little test, but it was too sore to stay on the ice.”
The biggest problem, Neuvirth said, is tying his skate up tight. He also said there’s no timetable for his return and that he considers Monday’s aborted practice a setback.
“I feel a lot of pain,” he said. “There’s no plan. It’s a big bruise. I’m trying to ice it. But it’s a lot pain when I put my skates on. It’s the worst. I can’t really push or anything like that.
“It got a little worse today,” he said.
Original post: Michal Neuvirth left the ice at KCI after about 15 minutes Monday morning, reducing the likelihood of the goalie suiting up Tuesday against Florida.
Neuvirth started the season opener against Carolina, was the backup against Tampa Bay, then was listed as injured the next day without further details from the team. He skated for almost an hour Saturday during the morning skate and appeared to be progressing toward a return. (The Caps were off Sunday.)
But as he left the ice Monday, he appeared to be limping. He’s officially listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Asked for update on Neuvirth, Boudreau said: “Still sore.”
Earlier Monday, the Caps sent Dany Sabourin back to Hershey. It’s assumed that Tomas Vokoun will start against his former team, but it’s unclear who’ll be the other goalie against the Panthers.
“I’ve got to figure he’s got to go through a full practice to be [the backup],” Boudreau said.