Rest is not history

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

Jarret Stoll feels better.

The dizziness is gone and the headaches are fading.

Unfortunately for the Edmonton Oilers centre, he's still not ready to play. He may not be for some time.

"I think physically and mentally this is probably the best day so far," Stoll said yesterday.

"All I've been doing is pretty much sleeping. The sleep has been fine. I haven't had any trouble falling asleep or anything like that. I'm just trying to get a lot of rest.

"But today's been the most positive day so far. I feel pretty good and if I have another good day tomorrow, then hopefully I can start working out, then get on the ice. Those are the next steps."

Stoll has been out of the Oilers lineup since Feb. 1, after suffering his second concussion in two weeks in a bruising affair against the Vancouver Canucks.

The versatile centre got his first concussion after being slammed into the boards by Anaheim Ducks centre Samuel Pahlsson on Jan. 18. Stoll sat out the Oilers next game against Calgary two nights later, but was back in the lineup after the all-star break.

"This is probably still from the first one, I think," Stoll said. "That hit in Vancouver wasn't much. It did knock me on the nose, but it wasn't much. It had to be from the first one and it's just a reoccurring thing. To have those two blows so close together is the reason why I'm probably out right now."

Getting belted by Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen the night before the Canucks encounter couldn't have helped either.

Stoll paid the price to make a play that night setting up Raffi Torres for his second goal of the night in a 5-2 win. Tollefsen nearly ran Stoll through the end boards.

"Based on how he feels tomorrow we'll get a plan of action to try and get him back into the flow of things," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "These things at times are very delicate. We've got to be careful and we're going to be careful."

For now Stoll is not allowed to partake in any form of physical activity.

Once he is cleared to ride the stationary bike, he'll work on getting the thumbs up to practice. Only after a couple of solid practices will Stoll be cleared to play again.

"Not being able to do anything is tough," Stoll said. "I would love to get on the bike and get a workout or two in. When you sit at home for a week you feel sluggish and out of the ordinary. It would be good to get a workout in hopefully soon."


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