After this morning’s practice, both Dave Bolland and Adam Burish met with the media to talk about how their rehabs are progressing, and when they hope to return to the ice. Both were optimistic, energetic, and ready to contribute.
Bolland told the media that his back issues actually limited him throughout last season, and he had some numbness in his legs during this year’s preseason and the first 13 games. Finally, in mid-November, Bolland went under the knife to put a formal remedy on a situation that wasn’t responding to short-term bandaid treatments from the team. When asked when he anticipates returning to the ice for game action, Bolland said he hopes to be back before the Olympics.
Burish, meanwhile, is recovering from a torn ACL that happened during the preseason. He told the media that he’s been skating every other day for about three weeks now, and is ready to go when the team clears him for game action. He said that, if it were up to him, he would be in the lineup on Thursday, but that the medical staff and coaches will likely have him return just after the Olympics.
Marian Hossa also skated today after missing Sunday night’s game, and coach Joel Quenneville said he hopes to have him back for Thursday night’s game at the United Center. Cam Barker has skated with the team a couple times, but his status is still in question.