It was a bad time for Patrice Cormier to suffer his first broken bone.
The Thrashers prospect spoke on Saturday, a day after getting the news that he would be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot.
“It’s a pretty big blow, but it’s not the end of the world,” Cormier said. “It’s a bump in the road.”
Cormier wore a hard cast while watching the first day of training camp practices, unable to compete for a roster spot. He said the break was on the outside of the foot. The injury will not require surgery but Cormier did not have a timetable for his return. He said he was hoping for an end of October or mid-November return.
“That’s what I keep saying in my head,” he said. “Maybe it’s going to be different. We’ll see. I will take it day-by-day. That’s the only thing I can do.”
The injury does delay Cormier’s NHL plays. The 20-year-old forward said he is likely to start the season for the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago when he returns.
“Obviously, I’ll have to start out in Chicago,” Cormier said. “That’s probably going to happen. It makes everything harder. It’s a little adversity but I can’t wait to get back on the skates. I’ll have to start in Chicago. I’m not the first guy to have this happen and I won’t be the last.”
The injury occurred Thursday in the final four-on-four scrimmage of rookie camp on a shot by defenseman Paul Postma.
“I saw him afterward and he said he was sorry but you can’t be sorry,” Cormier said. “I’m not sorry I blocked his shot. I’d still block it tomorrow. It happens. You can’t be sorry. Keep shooting the puck. It was a hard shot for sure. … 70-80 percent of the time it’s just a blocked shot and you are all right.”
Broken foots are not new for the Thrashers. Ilya Kovalchuk, Mark Popovic and Evander Kane all missed games last year with the injury.
“I thought it was a little bruise like usual when you get shot on the foot,” Cormier said. “You put some ice on it and the next day you are all right. Then I saw the break on the X-ray. It was a shocker for sure. …
“The trainers know how to deal with it. I’m going to listen, do what I have to do and get back on the ice as soon as possible.”