The arthroscopic surgery on Sheldon Souray's shoulder went as planned in New Jersey on Thursday, but it'll be another month, at least, before they even make a decision on whether or not he comes back this year.
He'll have to fly back to Jersey in late March so the specialist can evaluate his progress and determine whether or not a comeback would be prudent.
Even then, Edmonton will have to be right in the thick of a playoff chase or there would be no point in Souray coming back.
So if you don't think Edmonton has a shot at the playoffs, or figure they'll be all but mathematically eliminated in four weeks, you can safely assume Souray is done for the season.
Shawn Horcoff, meanwhile, is back in Edmonton with his arm in a sling after his shoulder surgery in Cleveland.
"Better than expected," he said. "There was the issue of not only having to repair the labrum, but also re-attaching the biceps tendon, but when they got in there the biceps tendon was fine. It makes it an easier recovery."
He'll start with very gentle rehab on Monday, the first day in a five- to six-month recovery process.
"I talked to (Ethan Moreau) about recovery time and rehab and what to expect," he said. "I've got a pretty good understanding what my next three or four months are going to be like."
"I'm already back at the rink," said Horcoff, who showed up at practice yesterday to see the team off before they left for Calgary. "I miss being around the guys. I'm not really a guy who's going to be able to stay away from the rink too much. I'll have to talk to Craig MacTavish and see if there's something he can find for me to do."
After Calgary's Eric Godard roughed up Mathieu Garon last week, MacTavish wondered why the Flames, who are so dependant on Kiprusoff, want to start a game of goalie crashing.
"I think it's a strange tactic for a team like Calgary that relies so heavily on Kiprusoff to be targeting the opposition's goaltender," MacTavish said after the game. "Those things have a way of coming back at you."
They're back at it tonight. MacTavish backed off his earlier comments, attributing them to post-game steam, but he says going hard to the net is among the key components of any club's battle plan.
"They're going to go to the net and we're going to try and go to the net," said MacTavish. "We're going to try and do it within the confines of the rules because we don't want to be in a position to take an undisciplined penalty
"At the same time, if the lane's there, you have to get the puck to the net. We're going to drive it."