Gagner still on limp

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Sam Gagner got as far as the boards, where he was reduced to spectator at practice on Wednesday.

Time heals all wounds, but nine days of it wasn’t quite enough to get the Oilers centre back on his skates. Still on the limp from a knee injury sustained before the Olympic break, Gagner remains a few days away from strapping on the blades.

“It’s feeling a lot better,” said Gagner, who still hopes to be in the lineup when Edmonton resumes its schedule March 2 in Nashville. “We talked it over with the doctors and we’re going to take a little time. I’m going to do some on-ice testing (Thursday) and see where it is and hopefully get back practising with the team (Friday) and be ready for our first game.”

He’s had two MRI’s that show there is nothing structurally wrong with the knee, but there is still a twinge of pain, which he admits is a little disappointing.

“I kind of was expecting (it to be fully healed over the break), but it didn’t really respond as well as I had hoped,” he said. “But I’m right there, probably a couple of days away from skating. And I’ve kept myself in good enough shape that three or four days of practice is going to get me ready for the games. Hopefully it goes well in the next few days here.”

• Sheldon Souray had surgery on the hand he broke in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla and will be evaluated by Oilers medical staff when he returns to Edmonton Sunday.

JF Jacques, who was nursing a sore back, took a cortisone shot but still isn’t ready.

“As far as I know he will not be participating for the next few days but we’re expecting that he’ll be back,” said head cach Pat Quinn.

•Nikolai Khabibulin is scheduled to appear in court on Friday to answer DUI charges in Scottsdale, Ariz..

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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