Souray seeks shoulder advice

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

You don't fly down to New Jersey to meet with a shoulder specialist right in the middle of a stretch drive because everything is awesome.

Sheldon Souray is seeing very little progress with his injury and could very well be the next Oiler forced to shut it down for the rest of the season.

"Yeah, there's a chance of that," said head coach Craig MacTavish, who's already lost Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff to season-ending injuries. "We'll wait and see."

Souray's shoulder hasn't been right all year, since he first injured it in an Oct. 12 fight with Byron Ritchie. It's the same shoulder the New Jersey specialist operated on in the off-season, but Souray believes the latest injury is unrelated to the one he had repaired last summer.

He missed 25 games with Ritchie injury, came back for 10, had to sit out another game, came back for 10 more and pulled up yet again. He's been out since the last game before the All-Star break 13, days ago, and now he's off to see a specialist.

The Oilers are not expecting great news.

"It's unlikely he pronounces him healed," said MacTavish. "Unless he's (religious infomercial host) Ernest Angley or something."

HEMSKY NOT PRACTISING: Ales Hemsky took another practice off yesterday to rest his sore wrist. He'll likely play tomorrow but hasn't shown much improvement over the last two weeks.

"Marginal, very marginal," said MacTavish. "It's obviously not good because he's not practising. There's always an incident in the game that makes it worse, seemingly."

Ideally they'd like to give him a bunch of time off to fully recover, but there isn't time. The season is on the line right now.

"It would be difficult to have him out of the lineup right now, we're not prepared to do that," said MacTavish. "We want to see him keep playing. That will be the case (today). It'll be on a game-to-game basis that we have to evaluate that.

"It's more important that he's available for the games. He can miss a practice and it doesn't affect his game.

"Hopefully we can manage it and try and get it to a point where it's improving or we'll have to take another course of action."


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