Jed Ortmeyer could resume practicing in the near future.
Ortmeyer has been out since the start of the season because of blood-clot complications. However, he got encouraging news from a specialist last week. "He's progressing very well," Predators GM David Poile said. "We're just now waiting on the written report. If that matches up with what we have from our medical staff at Vanderbilt, then the prognosis appears pretty good he'll be cleared." If Ortmeyer is healthy enough to resume practicing, he could be sent to the minors on a conditioning assignment.