CALGARY, AB -- His surgery was a success, but discussions on a potential timetable for Lance Bouma’s return have been tabled, according to Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving.
“He had a plate and six screws inserted to repair the injury,” Treliving announced Thursday. “Time frame is the next question and it’s indefinite at this point. He’ll go through the rehab process, which has begun today. It’s a significant injury and he’ll be out for some time. It’s too early to sit here and start talking about that three-month mark. Until you get up and going with that rehab process it’s premature to start talking about definite timetables. All things went according to plan, no blips, and he’s on the path to recovery.”
Bouma is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken fibula in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
“Originally I thought it might be a knee,” Treliving detailed. “It was one of those things that he got hit, his foot planted. He’s such a strong guy that they were saying that there probably could have been more damage done. He’s a thick, strong guy and the ankle just twerked. It gave way and he got the break, so those things happen.”
The 25-year-old played 78 regular season games last year, but sustained a broken finger late in the season. It forced him out for all but two Stanley Cup playoff games.
Then a member of the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, Bouma also missed most of the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury sustained three games into the year.
“He looks well,” said Flames centre Matt Stajan, who saw Bouma at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. “Everything went well. It’s a tough break, but he’s a great guy. He’s been through something like this before and he’ll work hard and do everything he needs to do to get back. He’s a big part of this organization, a big part of our future and we’ll need him.
“You’ve got to look forward. You can’t control certain things in the game, especially with the way that he plays. You just have to move forward to get yourself ready. It is a challenge mentally, but he’s a great guy, a great teammate, and he’ll know how to go about it.”
Bouma, a native of Provost, Alberta, had a breakout year last season, recording a career-high 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points along with 54 penalty minutes.
He was rewarded with a three-year contract in July.
“Anybody that follows our team knows that Lance is a big part of it and does a lot of those unsung, dirty jobs,” Treliving said. “It’s a loss, but it’s like anything else, you have to move on. It provides an opportunity for someone else. Unfortunately we went through this with Lance last year and had to sustain some time with him out of the line-up. It’s next man up here and somebody will jump in and replace his minutes and his role here. We’ll miss him for sure.”