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Gagner optimistic about test results

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

For a moment, hockey was a secondary consideration for Sam Gagner.

The Edmonton Oilers forward had to get a lump on his neck checked out with a biopsy on Monday, but expects the tests to come back negative.

"I was sick about a month ago, pretty much when everyone was struggling with an illness," said Gagner.

"I had some lymph nodes on my neck flare up. I got an ultrasound on it, then a biopsy on it to get some peace ofmind.

"It should be all right and there shouldn't be any problem.

"It'll be a few days for the results, but the doctors are convinced that there is nothing abnormal about it and I shouldn't be worried at all."

Currently centring the Oilers top line, Gagner has six goals and 11 assists this season.

He practised with the team yesterday and will be in the lineup when they head out on the road on a five-game trip that starts tomorrow in Detroit.

Regardless, there were some moments of trepidation for the young centre.

"At first it was a little scary because I was kind of run down with the sickness," Gagner said.

"And with M.C. (Mike Comrie) coming down with mono, it was scary a little bit.

"But I got all my blood tests done and nothing came up. Then I got the ultrasound and this (biopsy) is the last step and it should be all right.

"I'm not worried about it at all and I'm moving forward."

It's not the first time this issue has come up with the Oilers.

A few years ago, Ales Hemsky had a lymph node removed from his neck. Gagner also had his lymph nodes flare up when he was younger.

"There have been some guys in the past that have had lymph nodes flare up on this team and they just got rid of them," Gagner said.

"It's one of those things where if it doesn't go away, after a few weeks you get worried a little bit.

"But I feel like the tests aren't going to show anything, so it's just a peace of mind thing."


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