Shoulder shrouded in silence

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

The extent and nature of Ales Hemsky's shoulder injury and the prognosis for his return remain a mystery.

The Edmonton Oilers weren't saying much yesterday about what they know about the damage to the right shoulder of Hemsky, who was ridden into the boards by Sean O'Donnell in the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks and didn't return.

Officially, the Oilers are only saying that Hemsky, who has had followup tests and an X-ray since leaving Rexall Place with his right arm in a sling Tuesday, is out day-to-day.

That vague description could mean anything from a bruise to a sprain to a separation - even a fractured collar bone. Or any combination of those.

As it stands now, that's as specific as the Oilers are willing to get.

"For me, it's not urgent I get an update," coach Craig MacTavish said at yesterday's morning skate. "I know it's going to be a couple of weeks. I'm not as anxious as you guys are for the update."

No time frame for Hemsky's return has been set.


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