Voorhees, NJ – Flyers center Peter Forsberg returned to the Philadelphia area earlier this week as he continues to recover from right ankle surgery that was performed on May 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Forsberg answered questions in a brief Q and A exclusively for philadelphiaflyers.com on Wednesday afternoon.
Also, Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin updated the conditions of several other Flyers who recently had surgery.
Q – How are you feeling? Peter Forsberg: "Everything is fine. I went to see [Dr. Robert Anderson] in Charlotte a couple of days ago and everything is feeling good. I'm feeling much better. The first week and a half was kind of painful, but now the pain is getting better and it's going in the right direction."
Q – What is the next step? PF: "In two weeks I am allowed to start putting weight on it a little bit and start walking a little bit with the cast on. Maybe at the beginning of July I can get myself into a walking boot. It's non-weight bearing for another two weeks, so in two weeks I can start putting a little weight on it. We'll go from there. Everything looks good, it's feeling like it should and the doctors are very positive."
Q – How relieved are you to have this done? PF: "Well, it's been frustrating for awhile and I hope when I come back and put my foot in the skate it's going to fit perfectly. I'm excited. It's going to take a lot of pain and a lot of rehab. It's a tough time, but coming back and knowing that you will be playing at the level you want to be playing at and do what you can for the team is going to be great."
Q – What is the latest injury update? Jim McCrossin: "Michal Handzus and Branko Radivojevic were evaluated by Dr. Peter DeLuca. Both are doing very well. Michal is now four weeks post-surgery and Branko is three weeks and three days out [of surgery]. Both have been given permission to go back home for a while and continue rehab back home. I am going to reassess them in two weeks and see how they are doing, and if in two weeks we feel like they have to be brought back here to Philadelphia we will bring them back to Philly and finish their rehab. Our goal is to have them 100 percent by the end of June.
"I spoke with Antero Niittymaki and Simon Gagne, and both of their hips are feeling great. Robert Esche said his hip is feeling great. Mike Rathje I haven't been able to track down but he'll be back in town this week. Denis Gauthier, Donald Brashear and Sami Kapanen are all doing well with their shoulder rehab. So, knock on wood, we are progressing."
Where are these guys right now? JM: "Gagne is back at home, rehabbing up in Quebec with a therapist that Dr. [Mark] Philippon recommended. I've been in touch with the therapist and Simon, as I said, is doing very well. Robert Esche is back home in Whitesboro, New York doing some therapy up there and doing excellent. Mike Rathje went on a little bit of a vacation and will be back this week. Antero Niittymaki started with his therapist back in Finland, and I just got an email from Niitty that said he's doing fantastic."