WILMINGTON, Mass. — It was just one two-man, two-coach on-ice workout, but it was enough to tell Boston Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez that he’s almost out of the woods in terms of recovering from some back problems.
“I’m ready to go,” Fernandez declared after he and forward Petteri Nokelainen practiced with assistant coach Doug Houda and strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides at Ristuccia Arena this morning. “I felt like I was ready to go a few days ago, but I think the main goal is to get my back as strong as possible before getting it out on the ice. So I think we’ve accomplished that over a week. I did a whole lot of exercises that are going to keep going for the rest of the season, but at least, to get a core a little stronger than I was.
“You weaken over a season,” he continued. “You play more games, your body kind of goes up and down – you have more strength, less strength depending on how many games you play.” (more…)