New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal isn’t just skating skating again; it turns out that he will also join the team on a five-game road trip as he recovers from a concussion, New York Newsday’s Steve Zipay reports.

Naturally, this doesn’t mean that he’s certain for a swift return, yet it’s still a promising sign.

The 26-year-old has been sidelined since Dec. 7 with the injury. That issue happened thanks to a hit by Reid Boucher of the New Jersey Devils