After an exciting and successful rookie campaign, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had surgery, along with Claude Giroux, and is spending his summer training in Philadelphia.
The 23-year-old will be heading out to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, getting ready for his third training camp with the Flyers and an appearance at the World Cup of Hockey before heading into the 2016-17 season.
PhiladelphiaFlyers.com recently caught up with the Calder nominee to see how he is progressing:
Q: Talk about how you're feeling after the surgery?
“I feel really good. It’s definitely a little surprising on how good I feel especially after doing a knee surgery earlier in my career. It feels really good right now and it’s about staying focused.”
Q: How did this process of deciding to do the surgery come about?
“You manage it over the season and you get through it. You gotta do what you gotta do there - we’re hockey players. You got to be tough. It’s a hard sport just like any sport, but when it comes to the decision it’s about what’s best for your body. Of course you have to get every opinion possible and what’s best for you. You have to sit down with friends, family, agent and your team and make a decision together.”
Q: I know it's not the same injury, but as this developed during the season did it creep into your mind that its another year - another injury like your knee was?
“Definitely not. I knew it was a manageable injury. It wasn’t an injury where you’re cut off from the team and then you’re right into surgery. I know that it was manageable. I don’t want to make excuses for myself or anything. I played to the best of my ability and hoped that it was enough.”
Q: What are you doing now to rehab?
“It’s just like a normal rehab. You have to be careful. You could be feeling great, but your repairs aren’t 100 percent with your body yet, so I’m just riding the bike and doing little things to make my whole body around my injury stronger.”
Q: You're a finalist for the Calder. Heading out to Las Vegas for the Award Show soon. What are you expecting at the event and the experience that comes along with it?
“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Vegas, so I’m going to make the best of the trip with my friends, family and my girlfriend. I’m looking to have fun and with the award and whatever happens, happens. I’m just happy to be a part of the [Awards] Show.”