“We're going to run him through some more tests, and we think he's going to pass those. He's feeling pretty good,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “We're looking at him playing next weekend.”
Someone such as Plante, who has been called up by Edmonton four times this season, will be a huge asset as Oklahoma City tries for its first AHL championship in franchise history.
“I'm ready for some contact, which is the next logical step after getting off the bike and just skating,” said Plante, who has 12 points and 72 penalty minutes. “But I'd like to get in some games before the playoffs begin. I really feel fine and feel like I'm ready to go.”
Nelson said Plante will be encouraged to play the same style he always has — someone who is not afraid of contact.
“You can't change the way somebody plays,” Nelson said. “You have to keep playing the way that got you here. Right now, we just want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go.”