PART 1: The Rehab Continues
Q: How are you feeling and what’s going on?
“I’m doing ok. I am starting to feel a little bit better and do a little bit more in the gym. I was cleared to start riding the bike a little bit harder, but have yet to be cleared to start lifting weights though.” Q: What is a daily routine like for you now compared to what it should be like?
“I usually get into the gym and walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes and then I ride the bike for anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes, and have over the last couple weeks slowly started to increase the wattage or tension on the bike, and I am starting to get up there. I get a pretty good sweat now and my heart rate gets up there so I am starting to get fairly close to where I would probably ride at. I have yet to begin doing sprint work or anything like that. From there I go into some core work for probably another 30 minutes, and work on my back and my core and everything I need to do to tighten up to work on my back rehab. And then depending on the day I’ll go do legs or I’ll do some light shoulder work. ” Q: What concerns you the most right now, where you have to be in terms of training camp?
“Well, that would be strength. I haven’t lifted a weight in the last six months, so that would be the answer to your question of what haven’t I done, well, obviously lift weights. Strength, for my position and the way I play, is critical. So I’ve got to gain my strength back before I begin skating.” Q: Getting back to your back, where are you now compared to where you usually are this time of year? Do you see yourself trying to speed up the process or are you going to take it slower and whenever you get on the ice, you get on the ice?
“I’m not going to speed up the process one bit. It’s going to go how it goes. Normally at this time of year I would have already had 2 months of strength training. I usually start kind of curtailing that a little bit and do more cardio. Now I have been doing all cardio and no lifting, so it’s kind of a little bit backwards. I need to obviously do a lot of lifting to get my body back to where it needs to be and the shape it needs to be to be able to play an 82 game schedule, and 25-30 minutes a game, the way I play.” Q: Realistically when do you think you will be able to be on the ice?
“Well I could use the same line I have used a couple times but I won’t. I don’t know. I haven’t started lifting weights yet so I don’t know how my body is going to respond and what kind of strength I am going to have and all the rest of that. Until I get to the gym and start lifting weights I really couldn’t tell you.” Q: Have you been told when you can start lifting weights?
“I was told by the hand doctor I could lift in another week, possibly.” Q: Is the lifting weight problem the hand or the back or a combination of both?
“No, it would be the hand.” Q: You did say 82 games. Is that a possibility, or a remote possibility, you could be ready on opening day?
“Again, I don’t know. The goal is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season. I am starting to progress. I think Homer [Paul Holmgren] talked maybe last week about I was in seeing the doctor about a week and a half ago and I was kind of cleared then to progress my cardio and things like that, and grab light weights and do some shoulder work and stuff like that. Once I get cleared, I can start getting into a full lifting program and all the rest of that. Again, it’s how my body reacts and how I feel that dictates when I start to skate and where we go from there.” Q: Do you have pain now?
“Just sitting here talking to you guys, I have no pain. Other than my brain.”Q: How healed up is your hand?
“My hand I guess would be about 80% healed, maybe 85% healed. I had the plate removed, so I’m just waiting for the screw holes to fill in.”Q: Are you confident the problem has been fixed?
“I am. I am, yeah. I hope so. That is the idea when you have these surgeries, that it’ll be fixed for good. But we do play a physical game and you know, we’ll see, but as I’ve said I am starting to feel a little bit better. You start rounding the corner, you’re able to ride the bike a little bit harder, you start to feel a little bit better about yourself, and you start get your energy level back and those sorts of things. You start to really kind of push yourself in the gym a little bit more, and as I said, once I start lifting weights I’ll be able to push myself even harder and see how I react and feel”