Downie, who spent the past 10 days with a cast on his right ankle, has just begun to use a walking boot while recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered Dec. 2 in Boston, The Tampa Tribune reports.
While Vinny Lecavalier seemed to return slightly sooner than expected, Downie is still a ways off and he's still not sure when he'll begin skating again. "I have no idea, they are kind of not really giving me much hope right now, they are keeping it pretty restricted,'' Downie said of when he might get on skates. "Hopefully it's sooner rather than later.''
uhhh, were playing good right now so we dont need him. If he rushes back could injure it worst and would rather make sure he is 100 percent before he comes back. Were leading our division and a ways away before were in trouble of getting out of a playoff spot. I would rather make sure he perfectly healthy so he could help us fight for a playoff spot than rush back and get hurt again. Take his time, thats what is going to help the team the most right now...
RW Steve Downie (high ankle sprain) skated with the team Thursday for the first time since sustaining the injury Dec. 2. Boucher said there's a "high probability" he could be ready to play in a game on next week's road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh.
Will he eventually make his way back up to playing with Stamkos? If hes not I'l have to drop him in fantasy and Il be heartbroken since hes my favourite player in the league that isn't a Dallas Star.
just a matter of time. boucher likes to mix things up regardless during a game, but that line is too proven to not come back together. i think it's just a decision to limit his minutes until he plays his way back into form
Alot of it is his contract. To me he is not living up to the big money he is getting. He does the little things well, but too streaky of a player to be consider a top notch power forward in this league.
Too bad about Downie. Will be interesting to see how this team plays now. Downie was really about the only spark the Lightning had.
...we have a bigger salary sink in Vinnie than we do Malone.