Ethan Moreau missed the first two days of training camp with the Edmonton Oilers with a stiff neck, but the veteran winger has worked the kinks out with the help of a chiropractor and is expected back in the fold today.
"I guess you get too excited and you make yourself sick," joked Moreau, who was looking forward to returning to the ice after the NHL lockout wiped out last season.
"It's nothing serious, but I got up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and my neck was in spasms."
Moreau took treatment in the Oilers medical room and then tried to skate on the opening day of camp, but left his session early.
After an adjustment by a chiropractor, Moreau was again held off the ice yesterday, as a precaution more than anything, but says he should be ready to go today.
"It's a tough start going to the anti-inflammatory (drugs) the first day of camp, but it was pretty painful," he said.
MARKKANEN TO SKATE: Goaltender Jussi Markkanen is recovering nicely from a fractured left collarbone.
While Markkanen is several days away from being able to practise with the team, he said yesterday he intends to skate on his own in full equipment on the weekend .
He is hoping to take part in workouts late next week.
AROUND THE RINK ... Yan Stastny missed his second straight day because of a sprained wrist and didn't play in the Joey Moss Cup, but trainer Ken Lowe said yesterday he expects the Czech rookie will return to the ice today or tomorrow ... The outlook isn't as positive for rookie defenceman Jordan Little. His sprained back isn't responding as well to treatment and could keep him off the ice through the weekend.