Matt Greene was in good spirits yesterday.
Despite being out of the lineup since breaking his ankle on Oct. 30, the Edmonton Oilers defenceman was holding court in the dressing room as he's starting to work his way back.
"I still have a boot on it at all times," said Greene. "It's like an air cast and you can take it on and off to shower with it and stuff. I rehab with it off. I've been in rehab for two weeks now."
Greene broke his ankle when he fell awkwardly in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. He's expected to be out of the lineup for at least another month.
"I'm going a little bit stir-crazy, but I think you have to direct it in the right ways," he said. "If it's anything, it's not being able to hang out with the guys anymore. It kills your day going from hanging out with 26 guys every day to phoning them - then they don't pick up."
Greene hopes to be back in six weeks, but that will all depend how the bone in his foot heals.
"All I am right now is a distraction. I don't think I'm going to be Rudy, I'm not going to be a source of inspiration," he said. "I have a broken leg, it's nothing that's too bad. I just have to stay out of the way and not be a distraction."
Sheldon Souray was also working his way back to the lineup. He was on the ice at the morning skate with the team prior to their game against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Oilers defenceman has been out of the lineup since separating his shoulder Oct. 13 in Vancouver.
"Starting back on the ice is something that's always a bit refreshing and I'm starting to work my way into game shape," Souray said. "I still have a ways to go, but it's a good start.
"We're still going to follow the guidelines and be patient. It's not easy when you miss a certain amount of time, it's frustrating but I have to make sure that when I do come back that I'm 100% ready and try to be the player that I can be."