Alexandre Burrows was back in town today, and answering questions on injuries and the season ahead. Burrows underwent surgery on June 3rd for an injured left shoulder; the expected recovery time is 4-6 months, putting his likely return date sometime in October or November. Burrows, however, was reluctant to set a return date for himself.
“I just have to stick with what the doc says,” said the 6”1’ winger. “You don’t want to suffer a setback, that’s the biggest thing, we just want to make sure we stick with the process and move forward, get stronger, and when I feel 100% I’ll be back on the ice.”
Despite playing with an injured shoulder towards the end of last season and throughout the post-season, Burrows claimed he felt well enough to play at the time. His numbers back that up as he gave the team the strongest season of his career racking up 67 points, including back-to-back hat tricks, a feat not seen by the Canucks in over 23 years. Burrows now hopes to return to the team this season better than ever.
“I think I’ll come back even stronger. I’ve been working out, a lot of upper body, I’ve never done as many internal and external rotations in my shoulders, so I think it’ll be even stronger than before, I just have to take the time.”
When questioned about his decision to keep playing despite an injury, and whether it could affect his recovery and impact this season, Burrows chose to look ahead rather than behind.
“It’s all in the past, let’s look ahead to the future, and at the way we look right now, hopefully it will be a good year.We’re looking really good, I really like the pickups we made, we’re looking really strong on the back end; we brought in some character guys, we have Raffi [Torres] and Manny [Malhotra], I really like the team right now, hopefully we’ll gel quickly, keep working hard, and have a good year.”
The need for hard work seemed to be a theme with 29-year-old, not only for himself, but for the whole team. Despite early predictions of success for a newly revamped team, the Canucks still have an entire season before them, and are by no means the only team hungry for a taste of the Cup.
“It’s going to get tougher. There’s a lot of good teams out there, a lot of teams that missed the playoffs are looking good too, so we’ll have to make sure we play strong and play well, and if we work hard we should be in good shape.”
Hopefully the Canucks will not have to wait too long for last season’s highest scorer to return to the ranks, and help the team push for success in 2011.
CANUCKS STATEMENT ON YANN SAUVE
“Vancouver Canucks prospect, Yann Sauve was involved in a motor vehicle accident in downtown Vancouver Saturday. He is making very good progress. He is continuing to be evaluated by our medical staff and his playing status will be updated at a later time.”
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