The Vancouver Canucks winger is hopeful he can finally make his return to the lineup Saturday vs. Nashville.
Brock Boeser is itching to play.
But he can’t get back into a game until his hand heals — literally.
The skillful Vancouver Canucks winger confirmed Friday that he’s been dealing with a re-opening of a scar on his wrist from the surgical procedure he underwent in September. CHEK-TV’s Rick Dhaliwal had first reported that was his issue a week ago.
“It sucks sitting out, especially when everything feels good on your body,” he said Friday after practising with his teammates for the third time this week.
“Nothing you can do there unless until it heals and it’s good enough to play so it’s tough to sit now,” he said of his wrist ailment.
There was concern he could develop a secondary infection because of the re-opened wound.
“Just a matter of the skin growing back. When you play and it gets wet and sweaty there’s a chance that could happen,” he said. “You get an infection you could be way worse. So obviously we had to take care of it and and get healed up and hopefully be good to go tomorrow.”
He’s got a bandage on the wound and it was heavily taped to protect it during practice.
He took turns skating on a line with Tanner Pearson and Sheldon Dries, swapping in and out with Conor Garland.
Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau was doubtful Boeser would be able to play on Saturday night vs. the Nashville Predators, though he also admitted when he spoke with reporters Friday he hadn’t yet had an update from the team’s medical staff.
Boeser was more optimistic
“Yeah, I’m pretty hopeful. We’ll see how it is after I get my bandage off and skate tomorrow morning,” he said. “But I’m pushing for it.”
Mom’s in town
Brock Boeser’s mom Laurie is in town with a gaggle of girlfriends. They sat in the stands and watched the team practise on Friday.
Boeser said it was the first time she’d been able to visit Vancouver since 2018-19, his second season in the NHL.
“It’s exciting for me,” he said of having her visiting and staying with him.
“No, no, just her,” he grinned and laughed when asked if her entourage was also crowing into his house.
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