Burns skating again, but still no timeline

Burns skating again, but still no timeline
January 27, 2013, 11:00 am
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Winning helps. I’m not frustrated at all with that. The team is playing awesome. Obviously, not playing is frustrating.
—Brent Burns

SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is skating again, but did not offer a timeline as to when he could return to the lineup.

“Obviously, when you feel good, you go. But, I don’t know when that will be,” Burns said. “I’m doing everything I can to be ready.”

Burns was on the ice with fellow scratches Jason Demers, James Sheppard and Nick Petrecki on Sunday morning for about an hour. He has skated every day since Wednesday, when the Sharks returned home from their two-game road trip, but Sunday was his first day on the ice with teammates.

Burns was skating informally with teammates in the days leading up to the end of the NHL lockout on Jan. 6, but a lower body injury prevented him from being ready for the official start of camp the next day, and he needed some time off. As first reported on CSNCalifornia.com, the defenseman had offseason sports hernia/groin surgery in late May, but was medically cleared by the Sharks on Oct. 9.

He’s glad to see the team is off to a 4-0-0 start and in first place in the Pacific Division.

“Winning helps. I’m not frustrated at all with that. The team is playing awesome. Obviously, not playing is frustrating.”

Is he happy with his progress so far?

“No, I’m not playing, so, not really,” he said.

Burns was placed on injured reserve when the Sharks signed Scott Gomez on Jan. 23.