|Senators defenceman Filip Kuba knew right away something was wrong when he suffered a broken leg during a mishap on the first day of training camp (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
's recovery from a broken leg is progressing as well as he'd hoped.
The veteran Senators defenceman said today his rehabilitation from an injury suffered on the opening day of training camp is "on schedule," meaning he could be back in the Ottawa lineup by the end of October.
"I still have probably three or four weeks to go and that's going to put me at about five or six weeks since the day it happened," Kuba said in speaking to the media for the first time since the Sept. 18 mishap.
Kuba suffered the injury when his right skate got caught in a rut near the boards as he fell to the ice during the first day of practice at Scotiabank Place. The Czech blueliner said he "knew right away" that he'd suffered a serious injury.
"There was nowhere else for me to go — (my leg) was kind of under me and I fell on top of my ankle," said Kuba. "I guess that was it. That happened two weeks ago, but (now) I only think about coming back and getting myself ready for the season."
His recovery has been helped by a new rehab pool installed over the summer in the Senators dressing room. It has been one of Kuba's best friends since the injury occurred.
"I could at least do some swimming. For the first week or 10 days, it was all I could do to stay in shape," said Kuba, who stood in front of reporters without the aid of crutches. "Now I can ride on the bike and everything's going to be fine, so it's good.
"(The pool) helped a lot. I was in the pool two days after the injury happened, just to feel a little bit how it was. I could still move (my leg) a little bit; because I was in the water, it was a lot easier. I could do little upper body workouts in there right after the injury happened and stay in shape, at least a little bit. It helped me out mentally in that I was still able to do something, not just sitting and icing it and stuff like that. I could be active every day."
Assuming Kuba's rehab stays on target, he could be back as soon as Oct. 30, when the Boston Bruins visit Scotiabank Place. That would also mean he'd miss at least the first 10 games of the season.