Canucks Walking Wounded
The speedy 26-year-old broke his back in Game 6 of the Cup final this past June after taking a big hit from Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
The initial prediction was that he’d miss four to six months.
For now, Raymond’s timeline and general status remain “indefinite.”
Raymond hasn’t started skating yet but has begun working out in the gym and wore a back brace until late July.
“That was the most pain I’ve been in ever, when it initially happened,” Raymond said. He is keeping up his cardio fitness but has avoided heavy weight training thus far.
Raymond said he “heard” from Boychuk in late July via text message and that Boychuk “just kind said he didn’t mean to.”
It’s great that Raymond is speaking out but let’s just hope the Canucks don’t rush him back.
His absence is just one more reason why the Canucks might start the 2011-12 campaign slowly, as Vancouver will also be without Ryan Kesler for the first month of the season after he had hip surgery.