Moreau going crazy

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

A year and three days since his last regular season appearance, Ethan Moreau is officially stir crazy.

After 75 games on the sidelines last year with a shoulder injury, followed by nine games and counting this season because of his broken foot, has the Oilers captain ready to climb the walls.

"You can imagine," said Moreau, who's walking around in a plastic cast to try and relieve some of the pressure. "It's the same situation I was in last year. You feel like you're floating around in space. I don't have much input on the outcome of the games, obviously."

Sitting out this long is bad at the best of times, and anyone who's been watching the Oilers lately will tell you these are not the best of times. As the injuries and losses mount, Moreau is powerless to help.

"It's hard to watch, especially when they're struggling," he said. "It's frustrating ... it's hard to come to the rink with a smile on your face, but I'm trying to do my best."

The newest Oilers' captain admits he can't do much captaining in street clothes.

"All I can do is talk to the young guys, but to be honest I'm kind of getting sick of that. It's been a full year now."

His last game was Oct. 21, 2006, against Detroit. His next one? Who knows?

"I don't really have a timeline, I'm just hoping to wake up one day and have it feel better," he said, adding that being able to get his foot in a skate without pain will only be the start.

"Once I get back on the ice there's going to be a period where I have to get back into shape before I'm going to be able to help the team."

In the meantime, he climbs the walls.

"It's not like I'm out for the season, I'm still going to play a lot of games this year," he said. "Having said that, it doesn't make it any easier."


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