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No timeline on Oilers' Hemsky

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

The Oilers don’t have a time frame yet on Ales Hemsky’s injury, but the fact they called a couple of guys up from Springfield tells you he won’t be available for Edmonton’s back-to-back games with San Jose and Vancouver, at least.

Hemsky went for an MRI Thursday, which suggests it’s a shoulder injury, not a concussion, but head coach Pat Quinn hasn’t been given the results yet.

“We haven’t had any report,” he said. “He’s not expected to be available for a little bit anyway.”

So they’ve called up right winger Colin MacDonald and centre Ryan O’Marra to try and stem the tide against San Jose.

“We need guys,” said Quinn. “These are the guys our coaching staff and scouts recommended.”

O’Marra, who has five goals and three assists in 21 games this year, came to the Oilers with Robert Nilsson in the trade for Ryan Smyth.

McDonald, 25, was Edmonton’s second pick in the 2003 draft. This will be his first NHL game. He has five goals and four assists in 21 games this season.

Let’s just say they’re hoping Hemsky isn’t out long.

“We don’t know what’s going on with him right now,” said Andrew Cogliano. “You lose him and it hurts the team because he’s our best player, This gives guys like myself opportunities, but he’s our top player and we want him back playing.”

Liam Reddox, meanwhile, has been assigned to Springfield.

“He came up and gave us some games early that were real good and then slipped off from the defensive standpoint, where you expect him to be good,” said Quinn. “He didn’t play with the same confidence in the last couple.”

It should also be noted that if Reddox were to play 10 games with the Oilers, he would have to clear waivers again before being sent down, and given his bargain salary and work ethic, that’s unlikely. He played his ninth game Wednesday against the Kings.

Quinn says the Heatley homecoming will generate too much hype about too little substance.

“It’s one of those things that got made up bigger than it probably should have,” he said. “You move on and it should be gone, doesn’t matter. He’s a good player, He’s a good kid. But he plays for someone else.”

He’s been unreal for someone else, actually.

“That’s why our team wanted him, there’s no secret about that,” said Quinn. “But it didn’t happen, so away you go.”


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