SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart hasn’t been able take part in training camp yet with a lower body injury, but said on Saturday he will be back on the ice soon and expects to be ready by opening night on Oct. 3.
Stuart, who remained in the Bay Area during the offseason, hurt himself while training approximately a month ago.
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“I’ve been rehabbing for awhile. I just basically want to make sure I’m ready before I go out,” he said. “[It’s] nothing serious or anything that’s going to keep me from getting ready for the first game of the season. That’s my expectation, and barring any kind of unforeseen setback, I’ll be ready to go.”
The 33-year-old veteran was jokingly asked if he’s milking the injury to get out of camp.
“I’ve been accused of that already, but no,” he said with a smile. “I’d rather be on the ice right now, that’s for sure.”
Stuart, 33, did not miss a single regular season or playoff game last season with the Sharks. He had six assists and 25 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games.