Veteran defenseman Cory Sarich is improving after being injured in a cycling accident July 21, he said Friday on Twitter.
"I am up and moving and may get to go home today," Sarich wrote. "I am extremely blessed to be sitting here sending everyone an update."
Sarich, 35, was struck by a motor vehicle while training in Invermere, British Columbia, agent Tim Hodgson said in a statement released by the Colorado Avalanche, for whom Sarich played last season.
Sarich said he sustained "five broken vertebrate and some serious road rash."
He was hospitalized in Calgary and said he did not have surgery and is not wearing a brace. The timeline for his recovery and return to the NHL is uncertain.
"I am blessed to be here and will most likely make a full recovery," he wrote.
He is an unrestricted free agent.
Thanks to everyone for their love and support. It's amazing how many wonderful people I've met through this sport that I get to call my job!— Cory Sarich (@sarchy06) July 25, 2014