Tjarnqvist injury woes continue

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers' MASH unit is not getting any smaller.

And the news isn't getting any better.

In fact, defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist has now been placed on injured reserve.

After trying to play through the pain of an inflamed pubic bone against Detroit last week, it has become painfully clear that the remainder of Tjarnqvist's season is now in question.

The defenceman has only played two of the Oilers' last 25 games.

"It has been a frustrating thing for everybody," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"My frustration is reduced by the fact that I can see how frustrated he is.

"It hampers his skating.

"He's playing in a lot of pain.

"I saw him on the bench against Detroit.

"He tried to suck it up and play through it but it hampers the foot speed of a guy with very average feet.

"At this level that is debilitating."

Tjarnqvist wasn't at practice yesterday, nor were defencemen Tom Gilbert, Ladislav Smid or Steve Staios.

Smid won't play tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes due to an apparent charley horse.

After suffering a concussion, Gilbert likely won't play, but apparently rode a stationary bike yesterday.

Staios is still scheduled to play.

SHORT HIT: Apparently still suffering post-concussion symptoms, centre Jarret Stoll hasn't returned to practice with the club.

FINISH LINES: Once the Oilers return to health, watch for MacTavish to sit some veteran players.

"When we get healthy, there are going to be some veterans sitting out because of the way the young guys have played," said MacTavish. "The guys that are doing it in the game are doing it in the practices. And the guys that are a disaster in the games or not playing well in the games are a disaster in practice."

MacTavish is especially pleased with Marc Pouliot and Mathieu Roy.


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