Johnson ready to hit ice

HOSEA CHEUNG, 24 HOURS

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Ryan Johnson's surgically-repaired index finger still looks pretty unpleasant, but he doesn't care.

"It doesn't matter how it looks, as long as it functions," said the Canucks centre yesterday after the informal skate at UBC. "Plus there's no pain."

Johnson had reconstructive finger surgery after the season ended after suffering a spiral fracture last November, but he says he's close to 100 per cent now.

"It's pretty much going to be good as new," Johnson said. "We're as patient as we could and we had time to let it heal completely."

During the offseason, the 33-year-old focused on his off-ice conditioning, something he says he takes a lot of pride in.

"I spent a lot of time on my legs and being as quick and as explosive as I can," he said. "I know what I have to do to get my body to where it needs to be."

With training camp just over two weeks away, Johnson is excited to see the majority of the core group returning.

"I think the most important thing is that a lot of the same guys that went through what we did last year are back," he said. "I really think you're gonna see a more mature team, and a team that's more willing to take that next step."


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