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One Fast Healer

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Jan Mursak is proving to be a pretty fast healer.


Originally thought to be sidelined with a fractured left ankle until after Christmas, the rookie forward is hoping to be back sooner.

“I think sometime around there (Christmas), maybe a week earlier,” said Mursak, who was injured in an exhibition game against Chicago in September. “It's looking pretty good right now and we'll see how it goes.”

While surgery wasn’t required, Mursak was in a cast up to his knee, which was removed two weeks earlier than expected. From the cast, he was wearing an immobilizing boot.

“It's going pretty good. Every day it's a lot better and I can do more stuff,” he said. “There's still certain things I can't do. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks it gets better and I can get back on the ice and start skating.”

Besides breaking the ankle, Mursak had some ligaments damaged in the incident. While there’s been some atrophy in the ankle, the 23-year-old Mursak is confident that he’s bounce back well.

“I don't think it will affect my speed. It's just an ankle,” he said. “The speed doesn't come really from the ankle it comes from your thighs and legs. So I don't worry about that stuff.”

Even though he isn’t skating yet, Mursak is still doing whatever off-ice condition that he can do, within limits, of course.

“I do almost everything except running or jumping,” he said. “It takes time to stretch that ankle because it's so stiff. We'll see in the next few weeks how it goes. … I still can't put much weight on my toes but it's getting better every day. I can do more and more stuff, so it's good.”

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