In news that should make even the most optimistic Flames fan go "Oh, that’s not good," the Abbotsford Heat quietly let it slip recently that forward Lance Bouma has injured both his MCL and ACL and will be out for an indefinite period of time. Dan Kinvig of the Abbotsford News broke the bad news yesterday.
Bouma left Friday night’s game against Chicago and didn’t dress for Saturday’s game as his condition was evaluated and the team awaited the results of an MRI. \
Well, the results came back, and they obviously weren’t good. Bouma joins fellow Flame prospects Greg Nemisz (lower body) and Paul Byron (upper body) on the sidelines, however it’s probably safe to expect to see both of those fellows back before Bouma.
Obviously the length of time for a return depends on the severity of the injury. Bouma’s said to have sprained both his MCL and ACL. An MCL sprain generally takes 5 to 7weeks to rehabilitate (although it depends on the severity), while an ACL sprain can take between 6 to 12 weeks. In short: Bouma could be out 6 weeks, minimum, and as much as 12 weeks, depending on various factors. Having sprained both ligaments at the same time probably won’t help things much.
However, despite Bouma’s bad news about his injury, given how badly the NHL CBA talks are going, he’ll be back in plenty of time to fight for a roster spot in Calgary…