“I’ve just been out there by myself skating around, getting a good sweat,” Stuart said after his workout on Friday.
Stuart originally suffered the fracture to his ring finger in the December 2nd match-up against Tampa Bay, but post-game x-rays were negative so he continued to play until he was knocked out for an estimated 4-6 weeks on December 7th.
Since the injury, Stuart has been focused on staying in shape and doing what he can to return to the team quickly.
“I think just concentrating on what I can do in the weight room. You know I’ve been lifting a bit, not with my right arm but you know lifting and doing legs and biking and getting on the ice an I think it definitely helps doing that kind of stuff,” he said.
“He’s a very committed individual,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of Stuart. “He wants to be conditioned so that when he does come back he’s in good shape and he doesn’t have to take forever to catch up.”
In reaction to Stuart’s injury, the B’s recalled Steven Kampfer from Providence. Kampfer recorded his first NHL point with an assist in Buffalo on December 15th.
“I’m going to try to get back as soon as I can no matter what,” Stuart said. “But it’s always hard watching.” ---Hannah Becker