Something's gotta give

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Conklin fit again

Something has to give with Edmonton's goaltending situation, and Craig MacTavish hinted that it'll probably happen soon.

Ty Conklin, who's hasn't played an NHL game since Oct. 21, needs to get back on the horse and the Oilers need to see him in action before they can make an informed decision on what to do for the long term.

Conklin, who injured his groin during a minor-league conditioning stint in late October, is ready, willing and able.

All he can do now is wait for his shot.

"I'm just trying to get myself ready for whenever I do play,'' he said. "There's not a whole lot else I can do to be honest with you.''

He knows there is one too many bodies at his position.

"It's been frustrating, obviously, but at the same time I'm just trying to stay confident,'' he said, adding that's probably the easiest part. "My confidence wasn't that bad.

"A lot has been made about my confidence, (that it) was terrible - it wasn't.

"I was frustrated the season didn't start out exactly how I planned, but to say that my confidence was wrecked, I wouldn't agree with that.''

The Oilers sent defenceman Dan Smith to Hamilton, so there is now a roster spot opening if the Oilers want to pull Conklin off IR and get him into one of the road games out east.


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