Brent Johnson: Rehab, Rehab and Movies
Seven million words will be written about Jose Theodore and Simeon Varlamov between now and Saturday afternoon. In a different world, some of those words would have been diverted in Brent Johnson's direction.
Bruce Boudreau has said Johnson--who has been facing shots in practice--isn't close to returning, and the goalie said earlier this week he's perhaps 10 days or two weeks away from full practices. He had surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip in the first week of February, and was told he'd be out six-to-eight weeks; by Game 2 it will have been about 10. Johnson was the odd man out last year after the trade for Huet, so I asked how hard it is to miss two playoff series in a row.
"Totally different, completely different situations," he said. "Last year it was one of those things, it was out of my control. This year I did something so I wouldn't be just playing mediocre out there. Obviously I wanted a quicker return than it's been, but the hip is nothing to take lately, and I just have to keep the rehab up, keep the therapy and keep going. And hopefully I can get back. The main concern is just getting on the bench and being around the guys, to root for my team."
He said his rehab routine has had him at the rink for four or five hours a day, but that he's been doing little else.
"Let's just say I've seen everything in the theater, that's for sure," he joked. "I saw "I Love You, Man" a couple times. I freaking loved that movie. Fantastic."
I asked if he still felt a part of the playoff push despite his situation; "oh yeah," he said. "When it got to be a couple days on the road, it was definitely difficult when I wasn't out there with them, because you want to be around all the fellas. That's the difficult part. But during playoffs hopefully we get to travel with the team and get integrated with all the goings-on."
And I asked if he ever regretted undergoing the procedure.
"No, no," he said. "Sometimes there can be a second-guessing, but like I said, I didn't want to play mediocre the whole year. I wasn't helping the team or myself. It's something that now that it's done and it's over, there's nothing I can do. I've just got to stay positive, that's it ."
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