Yashin, Parrish poised to return

Getting two of their best scoring threats back couldn't come at a better time as the Isles fight to reach the playoffs.

Updated: February 24, 2004, 12:15 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
New York Islanders center Alexei Yashin just wants a shot. Preferably his old shot back so he can rejoin his teammates and give the Isles a boost in the playoff race as soon as possible.

Alexei Yashin
Steve Stirling is working Alexei Yashin back into the rotation.
Yashin took part in practice with his Islanders teammates Monday for the first time since the skate of Philadelphia's Michel Handzus sliced into Yashin's right forearm Dec. 23. His long recovery from surgery to repair the damaged tendons and nerve is nearly complete and he might be ready for game action as early as next week.

"My shot is still weak takes time to get it back," Yashin told Newsday. "I've tried to work with the doctors and the coaches to make sure I can handle the puck as quickly as possible and get some shots."