The road back from the surgery has been long one.
But the good news is Leclaire is feeling fine. A big step for him was getting back on the ice with his new teammates with a week left in the season in April to test out his ankle. It helped his confidence and his frame of mind heading into summer training.
“We pushed it pretty hard to make sure it was okay and to make sure I could have a clear mind going into the summer,” said Leclaire. “We wanted to make sure I didn’t have any issues coming back and I felt fine then. I don’t really think about it.
“I know a lot of people are going to talk about (the surgery). That’s normal because I missed a lot of time with it. But for me, what we did at the end of the year was able to help me clear my head. I’ve just been going through a normal summer getting ready. There’s some stuff I can’t do any more because they took cartilage and bones out, but overall I don’t think about it.”
Leclaire makes his off-season home in Montreal, but he’s going to be in Ottawa regularly between now and the opening of training camp on Sept. 12. He plans on skating with Atlanta and ex-Senators centre Todd White and some other local pros in August to get ready for training camp.
StooLi: Sort of scary that PL says "there's some stuff I can't do anymore" ... but prodived he CAN give the Sens some confidence ... thats enough to get this KID watching again :P
PS PASCAL ... CAMO IS SO 2008, BUT THAT IS A SICK SHIRT!