Defenseman Mike Van Ryn said Thursday evening he’s hoping to return toward the end of the season after undergoing wrist surgery Tuesday in Baltimore, Md.
“We’re hoping maybe by the end of the season to try and make a comeback, hopefully by the playoffs,” said the Panthers’ popular defenseman. “We’ll take our time with it and try to rehab. It’s all we can do.”
Van Ryn has undergone three surgeries now on his right wrist. He’s been out since November 19. This time, Dr. Thomas Graham repaired a severed nerve, ligaments, cleaned up scar tissue and cleaned out “a whole bunch of cartilage,” Van Ryn said. Graham has also performed hand surgeries on Chris Pronger and Dan Boyle.
“It’s been hard,” said Van Ryn of the time he’s missed this year. “I don’t want anyone to go through three surgeries. You go through all the rehab, you try and get ready to play, and the injury you think is repaired hasn’t been. It’s tough.
“But this time I feel good about it.”
Van Ryn said he’ll return when Graham and the Panther medical staff believe the time is right. “I got all my faith in (Graham) to tell me when the right time is to return.”