Sami Salo was in Rogers Arena today, answering questions about his torn achilles tendon, while sporting a walking cast on his right ankle. Salo was playing floor hockey with some hometown friends in Sweden on July 22 when the tendon tore, making a sound which Salo described as “somebody shooting a shotgun.”
“It wasn’t really painful at all,” said Salo. “But some of the guys knew that it might have happened, usually some of the signs are that it’s not sore, but you can’t really move your foot.”
He was fortunate enough to get into surgery only four days after his injury, working with a Finnish surgeon familiar with other high level athletes. Hopefully this quick turnover will lead to a fast recovery time for the Canucks defender.
“I was lucky,” said Salo, “it was the same team that did David Beckham, so I was lucky to get in line that quickly.”
The 36-year-old blueliner is no stranger to lengthy injuries, and has been understandably frustrated with his latest setback, but he is focusing on healing up and getting back to the ice.
”Right now the only thing I can do is try rehab every day, and work hard, and take care of myself.”
Salo is expected to be out until at least the New Year; he was reluctant to speculate on when exactly he will return, but spoke optimistically about his recovery, and where he plans to go from here.
“There’s no time on [coming back], it’s been six weeks, it’s gone along pretty well, no more crutches, and I can pretty much do everything in the gym, the only thing I can’t do right now is jumping and going on the ice. It’s up to my body to decide, my doctor said that after six weeks if you have full range you can start walking and move along from there.”
Cody Hodgson was also at Rogers Arena today, preparing for his first medical evaluation of the season. Hodgson was expected to be at next week’s Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, but he may be held back, depending today’s evaluations. If Hodgson’s recovery is not where coaches would like it, he may stay off the ice for the much anticipated tournament and rest up for training camp later this month.
Hodgson spent much of last year fighting a misdiagnosed back injury, which is believed to have originated from training last July. This summer provided Hodgson with answers, following an MRI which revealed a torn lower back muscle.