Ty one on?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Ty Conklin took the next step on his road back to the crease. Actually, the Oilers took it for him when they pulled him off of injured reserve and placed him on the active roster.

He'll go out east and presumably play a game on this road trip, but head coach Craig MacTavish didn't rule out another brief AHL conditioning stint first.

"We're still working our way through some decisions,'' said MacTavish, adding Conklin might need to knock off some rust before starting any games that count in Edmonton's standings.

"It would be nice to get him some experience. Regardless of how he started the year, he's coming off an injury and hasn't played any games in going on five weeks.''

The Bulldogs are only a short plane ride from where the Oilers will be camped out, so a quickie in Hamilton before getting back in Edmonton's net is certainly doable.

"It's just a case of maybe trying to find a spot for him where he can get some game action, whether it be here or at another level remains to be seen,'' said MacTavish. "But if it is at another level, it won't be for long.''

Despite what it might look like, MacTavish said Conklin has never been out of Edmonton's plans.

"He's been really prominent in our plans,'' he said. "It's just a case of you have to be happy with the way (Mike)Morrison has played. You've got to give the guy who's performed and played the best hockey, whether it's Jussi (Markkanen) or Mike, you have to give them the opportunity to see how far they can take you.

"We all know in this business things change in a hurry, and yesterday's plans are out the window when you run into injuries, performance problems or losses. At times during the season you're going to have to be patient as a player and you have to be patient as a coach.''

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The Oilers made a token play for him during the free agent sweepstakes last summer, but were never in the hunt.

"We made some calls to the agent,'' said MacTavish. "It would have been nice to see him in an Oilers uniform but that wasn't something that was going to happen. My second reaction was relief that he was going to the Eastern conference and we didn't have to see him eight times a year.''


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