Moreau recovering

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

With the surgeon's work done Thursday, Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau has begun his long road to recovery from surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder.

While there's no set time for Moreau's return now that Dr. Tony Miniaci's handiwork is complete - the hard-nosed winger could be lost four to six months, meaning a return between late February and April - you can bet he'll be back as soon as he can.

"I don't expect it to be a long time, but, then again, I don't expect to see him at Christmas time," Oilers athletic therapist Ken Lowe said. "We're shooting for, hopefully, February or March. If things go right, hopefully we'll have him back then."

Any chance it'll be sooner?

"You go back to Josh Green and he had both his shoulders done. We had him back in two-and-a-half months," said Lowe, citing an absolute best-case scenario. "That's the type of repair Dr. (David) Reid did.

"I don't know what Dr. Miniaci did, so I can't tell you. I do know that when they go outside the organization, they become very conservative and that's what we're going to have to deal with."

Moreau, 31, made his way back to town yesterday from Cleveland. He will be assessed by the team's medical staff and begin rehab under Dr. Dave Magee. Dr. Miniaci will also be consulted.

"Our only concern is he (Miniaci) is the surgeon who did it and we're going to have to follow his guidelines, not ours," Lowe said. "He's done Ethan before, so Ethan is comfortable with him."

So, is Moreau likely gone for most of the regular season?

"To speculate on something like that would be wrong," Lowe said. "All I know, and I think Ethan knows, is he's got the best physiotherapy in the country. "Dr. Magee's history shows that we get them back quick and they're usually very successful ... once we see what his rehab schedule is like from (Dr. Miniaci), we'll have a better feel for it."


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