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Moreau out for regular season?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The initial hopeful talk was that he might be gone days or weeks, but the Edmonton Oilers are going to have to get along without Ethan Moreau for months -- possibly the balance of the regular season.

Moreau, who dislocated his right shoulder in the final minute of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, met with team doctors yesterday and the news wasn't good. Indications are Moreau will need surgery to repair the damage.

"It looks that way," Moreau said, asked if he's looking at a worst-case scenario. "We're not going to be able to repair it to get to the point where I need to be through rehab.

"Surgery is a definite option right now and it's probably the most realistic one."

Moreau, 31, dislocated the shoulder when he threw a punch at Detroit's Danny Markov, who'd earlier levelled Jarret Stoll with a hard, open-ice hit. The two jostled. After throwing a punch, Moreau immediately grabbed his right arm and skated off the ice doubled over.

In street clothes in the dressing room after last night's 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, Moreau didn't sound hopeful he could avoid surgery, although no date with the scalpel has been set.

"We could be talking late in the season or playoffs, unless something changes," Moreau said when asked about a possible return date.

"It's not good."


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