The Nashville Predators took to the ice for the first time today, but there was one noticeable absentee - Mike Fisher.
Fisher, who underwent shoulder surgery following the Predators playoff run, is still unable to take part in full on-ice workouts.
"I had really hoped to be participating fully in camp, but sometimes things just happen," said Fisher, who did take part in the medical testing. "This is the most difficult injury I've had to deal with."
The damage was more intensive than originally expected and at this point Fisher, nor the Predators, want to rush him back until he is absolutely certain he is 100 per cent.
"There is no real timetable, but we are getting there," he said. "It's just one of those things. I can't really rush it. I have to be 100 per cent to get back to where I was almost three years ago."
While many players might feel pressure to return as soon as possible, Fisher says he's extremely grateful to the Predators management and coaching staff who have shown incredible support throughout his rehabilitation.
While Fisher will mostly be skating on his own, he does plan on taking part in every aspect of training camp that he can.
In many ways Fisher is still somewhat of a new face. The 31-year-old was traded to the Predators in late February and while he was quickly welcomed by his peers he admits there's something special about being there from the start.
After 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators Fisher knew exactly what to expect come training camp and so this year he was looking forward to experiencing some of the excitement that comes from being part of something new.
"It's great to be around all the guys and spend some time together," said Fisher. "I'll be around as much as anyone else; it will just sort of be modified. I really enjoy camp, every part of it."