Todd Bertuzzi is optimistic he'll be back on the blades in the coming days, with the hopes of being back in action within the next couple of weeks.
Bertuzzi, on the mend since having knee surgery on his left knee two weeks ago, had a check-up with the team doctor last night, the next step in his return to action.
"I'm still probably, hopefully, three or four days from skating, and then we'll see after that," the forward said yesterday.
Bertuzzi was injured after an incidental knee-on-knee hit in Anaheim in mid-February, and played through it for a couple of weeks before it became obvious the problem had to be addressed with more than just rest and physiotherapy.
"It was just a play that could have been prevented, but it happened and we had to fix it. I felt something and then it continually got worse and worse and worse, so we had to get it cleaned out," he said. "It was coming to the point near the end where I couldn't skate very well. It was locking up and got quite a bit of swelling.
"It kept on locking and clicking. Every time I'd move around, it kept getting to a place where I couldn't get it back in.
"Then, I'd spend a minute getting it back in place, in pain for a couple of minutes, and then go out. It just got pretty repetitive pretty quick, so I knew I had to get it fixed."
Through 57 games this season, Bertuzzi has collected 15 goals and 43 points.
Bertuzzi played up until the club's seven-game road trip, which was not an enjoyable experience.
"Being out right now is not perfect timing. It's not good for myself and I think I could be helping the team," he said.
As for the theory he's going to benefit from some rest before the playoffs, Bertuzzi shot it down.
"No, not really," he said. "I felt pretty good, generally, the whole season, with a few things here and there. This was kind of a sour point. It's something I wasn't expecting."