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Ankle story heats up

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The rehabilitation of Mathieu Garon's ankle took another twist yesterday.

Twist? Make that a sprain.

The Oilers, who originally categorized the injury as more of a tweak, are now saying it's a sprain, one that might keep him sidelined for the last two games of the road trip.

That's why they flew in Jeff Deslauriers, who backed up Dwayne Roloson yesterday.

"He's going to take more time (to recover)," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "With an ankle sprain, complete rest is the best remedy. We have to give him a rest. If you're on it you're going to inflame it."

Garon has already missed seven starts since being bowled over in Denver, but MacTavish is not ruling him out for the rest of the trip.

"I'm still going to categorize it as day-to-day, but it might be a little longer term than that," he said. "It's hard to predict. We don't want to completely rule him out at some point on this trip, but we realize the best set of circumstances for us right now is for (Dwayne Roloson) to continue to win and us to continue to give Mathieu the time he needs to get healthy."

The Oilers, with a wide-eyed rookie as their only backup, would be in a bad spot if anything happened to Roloson. And with the stakes so high in some of these head-to-head games coming up with Colorado and Vancouver, you have to wonder if opponents might be tempted to bump Roloson.

"It's always a concern, but there's very little you can do about it," said MacTavish.

"It wouldn't be a strategy of mine. We can't afford to be running the other team's goaltender and putting ourselves in the box. And the other thing is the double whammy: You negate a goal and you end up with a penalty.

"A lot of bad things can happen when you go recklessly to the net."


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