Pavol Demitra, who has yet to suit up this season after injuring his shoulder last spring, is hopeful to make his return late December as reported by Ben Kuzma of The Province.
Demitra,34, who was initially projected to be out from 4-6 weeks after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, suffered a setback late October when a shoulder scope revealed complications in his range of motion sidelining him indefinitely.
“After the first surgery, I lost everything and pretty much had to start from zero again," said Demitra.
"It hasn't healed enough to shoot, but I can skate and I'm hoping to be back after Christmas, but you never know. As long as I don't have a setback. There was an infection the first week after the last surgery and I had to take antibiotics. There was a lot of scar tissue and my shoulder was so stiff.”
Demitra, working on getting back soon than later, has taken up a new plan, aqua therapy, to speed up the process.
"I've been swimming for the past two weeks and building up a lot of strength and the movement in my arm is getting better,” explained Demitra. “I do the breaststroke. Freestyle is painful and I don't think I can do that yet, but we're heading in the right direction.”
PAINFUL TO WATCH
Demitra, who hasn’t seen game action since last spring during the Canucks second round playoff series against The Chicago Blackhawks, has anxiously had to sit by and watch his teammates suit up night in and night out.
"It's totally painful and so hard to watch a game,” explained Demitra. ”I want to help the team so bad and I know I can play a couple of more years."
"It's nice to spend more time with my wife and family, but I want to play. It's my life. It's what I do and what I miss.
“You don't want to be hurt as a player, there is this instinct to be a part of the team," said Daniel Sedin who recently reunited with the club after sitting out for six weeks with a broken foot.
"Everything is tougher. You have to be in the gym every day trying to stay in shape and about every second night you have to watch your teammates have fun as they play and try and win games. You're just sitting there at home watching and that's no fun at all.”
At 6’0” 200lbs, the Dubnica, Slovakia native recorded 20 goals and 33 assists (20-33-53) in 69 games last season with the Canucks.
Aside from the two games against Colorado, where the Canucks outscored their opposition 13-4, they’ve only managed to muster up three goals in their last four games.
Bad puck luck considering the teams has been playing well, generating chances, and getting shots through to the net.
“You got to get in a good rhythm,” explained Kyle Wellwood, which has been difficult considering the lengthy days off in between games.
“I’m working hard on the ice but I’m not getting the chances offensively that you hope to get,” said Wellwood who has two points in 19 games.
“It’s not easy to score in this league but there’s been games this year where we’ve been lucky, where we’ve got a few bounces,” said Henrik Sedin. “It takes a lot of hard work to get there. The key is to look at our game and go from there.”
Alex Bolduc returned to practice after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury, while Rick Rypien did not attend practice.