Dan Boyle Injury update
Dan Boyle got another step closer to returning to the San Jose Sharks this morning. While he didn’t take practice with his teammates, he did hit the ice for a half hour after the Sharks had wrapped up their morning skate prior to taking on the Boston Bruins. This was Boyle’s first time out on the ice in more than a week, since Maxim Lapierre bulldozed him from behind and earned himself a five-game suspension in the process.
Boyle spoke to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News about how he was feeling after spending time on the ice:
Good, I guess. I mean, obviously not great. I’ve been off so I could definitely feel it — regardless of the hit or not — definitely a week can take its toll on you. It was a good start, though. Hopefully, I’ll just get better and better quickly and every day.
No timetable has been set for Boyle’s return—the Sharks haven’t even confirmed or denied whether or not he has a concussion yet—but Pollak wrote that Boyle said that he hoped to be back by the end of San Jose’s current road trip.
That’s good news for the Sharks despite the fact that they haven’t regressed one bit with Boyle out of the lineup. While the goals are coming at a slower pace for sure, San Jose is still on a point-streak and has yet to drop a game in regulation.
They have a stern test this evening in the Bruins, but the fact that Boyle is with them on this road trip bodes well for his immediate future.