Play it again, Sam?
That’s debatable right now as Sam Gagner waits on the sidelines for his injured hip to come around.
A condition that’s been bothering him for a couple of weeks flared up in practice Thursday, keeping him out of the lineup Friday and quite possibly shelving him well into next week.
“It was him that pulled himself out, so you know it’s sore,” said head coach Pat Quinn. “Because he’s the kind of kid who keeps pushing through that stuff.”
He was for a while, but it keeps getting worse.
“I just keep kind of tweaking it,” said Gagner, who lists himself as day to day for now.
“I’m just going to go by how it feels, continue to get work on it and hope it gets better. That’s how I’m going to play it. There’s some inflammation in there and I want to let it settle down. If I feel good over the next few days, we’ll see what happens.”
The sore hip, which might be the result of a compensation in his stride because of knee trouble earlier in the season, isn’t serious enough that it requires anything more than rest and basic treatment — but it’s just one more kick in a season full of boot marks.
“It’s obviously been a tough year,” said Gagner.
“And when you’re battling through injuries, it just makes it tougher. But I think this is the best thing for it, just let it settle. Hopefully it responds well and I can finish out the season.”
n It isn’t all bad news on the injury front, difficult as that might be to believe when there are 10 guys out.
Ryan Jones, who thought his season was over after Derek Boogaard stuck a knee out on him earlier this month, is back skating and hopes to join the team on their upcoming four-game road trip.
“I can’t really speculate …because when I’d like to come back and when it’s safe and when the doctors want me to come back, might be two different things,” said Jones, who’ll meet with team doctors before being told whether or not to pack his bags.
“It would be nice to go on the trip. Being around here when they’re on the road gets a little boring.”
Jones tore his MCL on the play, in his first home game as an Oiler after being picked up off waivers from Nashville before the NHL trade deadline.
“It was a tough go, first home game,” he said. “The whole time I’ve just been thinking how I kind of owe it to the organization, the fans, just to give them a taste of what I can do.”