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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

This is how bad things have become for the injury-depleted Edmonton Oilers.

"I had a kid call me at home (Sunday) night playing senior hockey saying: 'Hey, look I am available if you need me,'" said Oilers vice-president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast.

"I said: 'If I need you, I'll call you. If three more (defencemen) go down you might be on the list.'"

On a more serious tone, the Oilers spoke to former University of Alberta product Gavin McLeod about filling their emergency need on defence.

The former Bear is only skating once a week right now, but he believes he could have helped the Oilers.

"I can't imagine the role would have been much more than sitting on the bench and drinking water," he cracked.

The Oilers chose to bring up Sebastien Bisaillon instead - saving the nearly $50,000 they would have had to pay McLeod.

Edmonton also looked at bringing up current Lethbridge Pronghorn Jay Langager.

HELP COMING? Defenceman Tom Gilbert skated yesterday morning with no headache. He has missed 12 games after suffering a concussion.

"It feels good to be out there," he said.

"You can only sit out for so long - you just get so bored."

FINISH LINES: Ales Hemsky also skated yesterday at practice, but his collarbone is still sore.


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