An MRI on Sam Gagner's troublesome ankle revealed no significant structural damage, which is good, but five days of rest during the all-star break hasn't eased the pain a bit, and that's bad enough to keep him out of the lineup for two weeks.
Concerned that the ankle hasn't shown any improvement, the Oilers are sitting their sophomore out till sometime next month.
"It's gotten gradually worse, so taking some time off now is the best thing for it," said Gagner, who bruised a bone and strained some ligaments when he first wrenched it in November.
"There's nothing torn. It's nothing long-term or serious. We're just going to take it slow and see what happens."
He'd been playing through it for two months, dealing with occasional shooting pains, but wrenching it again in Edmonton's last game before the break forced him to the sidelines.
"I have to put a positive spin on it," he said. "I have to take the time to get in really good shape and come back ready to go."
The Oilers take on the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. tonight at Rexall Place.
They're sitting in sixth place in the West Division, and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Buffalo's seventh in the East Division and are also 7-3 in their last 10 games.