Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau had surgery on his right shoulder in Cleveland yesterday and will be returning to Edmonton in the next day or two to begin the healing and rehab process.
"It went well," said PR man J.J. Hebert, who had no other details after talking with team athletic therapist Ken Lowe. "We don't have a prognosis right now."
Moreau, 31, was injured in the final minute of a 3-1 win over Detroit Oct. 21 when he got into an altercation with Red Wings' defenceman Danny Markov. His shoulder dislocated.
Initial indications were Moreau could be lost for most of the balance of the regular season, but his time frame for a return won't be known until after he's met with the team medical staff.
PAPER TIGER: Alexei Mikhnov didn't skate with the Oilers yesterday because he was in Calgary arranging immigration paperwork.
A scratch in 11 of the Oilers first 12 games, Mikhnov's in line for an assignment to the minors and will need proper documentation, including a work visa, to play in the U.S. when he's re-assigned.
The Oilers have an opening in Wilkes-Barre of the AHL, which is Mikhnov's likeliest destination when the decision is made to get him out of the press box and back playing again.