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Conklin loaned to Rangers

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Ty Conklin will get his first start in over a month tomorrow, but it won't be for the Edmonton Oilers. It'll be for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Conklin has been loaned to the New York Rangers AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment and will start against Springfield tomorrow and Philadelphia Saturday before rejoining the Oilers Sunday.

If all goes well with Hartford, indications are Conklin will start against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday to end this road trip. For now, Conklin, who is 1-1 with a 4.39 goals-against average and an .836 saves-percentage, is just happy to be getting back between the pipes.

"I haven't played in a game in over a month," Conklin said. "It's kind of tough to jump right into an NHL game, so hopefully I'll get my feet back under me and feel good.

"I just need to get back playing. That's what I need to do more than anything, just get in some games and play well.

''This gives me an opportunity to get my legs back under me before jumping into the fire."

Conklin, 29, put on the injured reserve Nov. 11 after straining his groin in Hamilton while on a conditioning assignment with the Bulldogs, will give the Oilers three healthy goaltenders when he rejoins the team in New Jersey.

That's not a situation coach Craig MacTavish wants, and he said yesterday he won't entertain it very long, meaning that, one way or another, Conklin, Jussi Markkanen or Mike Morrison will be on the move.

"Everybody knows it doesn't really benefit anybody long-term to carry three goaltenders,'' MacTavish said.

DVORAK ON THE SHELF: The Oilers yesterday put right winger Radek Dvorak on injured reserve because of his strained groin and filled his roster spot by recalling rookie defenceman Matt Greene from Iowa of the AHL.


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