Almost two months since Gregory Campbell last wore his skates, his curiosity was irritating him more than if a prankster had sprinkled itching powder in his hockey pants.
What would it feel like to slip his skate on over his surgically repaired, still-recovering, right foot?
"I actually felt the screws because of where the incision was and where the plate is," the Boston Bruins center told NHL.com this week during a phone conversation from his home in Kitchener, Ontario. "So it's underneath my skate there on the side. So when I tightened it up and I moved my ankle back and forth, I actually felt the screws, which surprised me because I didn't think I would. But I was talking to people; I have to tweak the boot a little bit so there's not much pressure on the area."