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MacTavish sends a message

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

The Oilers, who didn't show any life or emotion when the Sharks were running them out of their own rink Friday, called up rugged and energetic winger Zack Stortini.

"I liked the way he played the last game against Calgary," said Craig MacTavish. "He really did his job well. I wanted him down there (AHL) playing another game (during the NHL all-star break) and bring him up and see if he can keep that going."

Bringing in another body gives MacTavish a little more flexibility when it comes to sitting out underachieving players. Before, they only had one spare forward. Calling up Stortini let's them know they're all on probation.

"The message is delivered," said MacTavish.

GETTING CLOSER: Defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist, who's missed 11 of the last 12 games with an inflamed pubic bone (which is apparently as painful as it sounds), skated yesterday for the first time. They'll see how he responds after icing it down (see above parenthesis) and make a further diagnosis from there. But he's getting closer to a return date.


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