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Gagner on the limp

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

When a player doesn't practise after a five-day all-star break, something isn't right.

And something definitely isn't right with Sam Gagner's ankle.

It hasn't been right for most of the year, but he's been playing through the pain.

When it didn't improve after five straight days of rest, the Oilers training staff began to worry, and hustled him in for an MRI.

He's questionable for tonight's game against Buffalo.

"We thought it would settle itself down during the break and it really hasn't," said coach Craig MacTavish.

"We need more information from the doctors before deciding whether he'll play.

"He's been playing with it, but he comes off a couple of times a game with it and he goes back out there, but it's been really distracting for him."

MacTavish says they don't believe it's a serious issue.

"I don't think it's season-ending."

STORTINI SKATING

Meanwhile, Zack Stortini, who looked like he snapped his leg in about three places when it collapsed under him in a fight Jan. 18, has been skating by himself for several days and doesn't think it'll be long before he's ready to return.

"Every day I feel better than the day before," Stortini said.

"It feels good walking, I've been training, riding the bike a lot, skating throughout the all-star break. It seems like I can do a bit more every day.

"I'm not quite 100% yet, but I should be sometime soon."

Fernando Pisani, out since Nov. 17 with a broken ankle, skated by himself yesterday morning.

"He's going to be a few weeks, but it's good news in terms of the X-ray, everything looks good," said MacTavish.

"We'll let pain be the barometer."


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