Oilers may scratch Moreau

Edmonton Oilers Ethan Moreau, pictured here in a Febrary file photo playing against the Carolina...

Edmonton Oilers Ethan Moreau, pictured here in a Febrary file photo playing against the Carolina Hurricanes, may be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Dallas. (JORDAN VERLAGE/Edmonton Sun file)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

With two new forwards set to join the Oilers lineup Friday against Dallas, two forwards will have to come out and theres a chance one of them will be Ethan Moreau.

The captain skated on defence Thursday in practice with fellow scratch candidate Patrick OSullivan as his partner, while Ryan Jones and Charles Linglet skated on regular lines.

Both Moreau, whos never been a healthy scratch as an Oiler, and head coach Pat Quinn said not to read anything into the practice moves.

Its just a practice, said Moreau. Well see what happens (Friday). Our line has been playing well, Ive been playing well, so I dont expect that (being scratched) to happen. I assume Im playing.

Not skating with linemates the day before a game is normally a sign that youre not in, but Quinn isnt committing to anything, either.

Dont read anything into it, he said. The decision is not made. Two guys will come out, but as far as who...

There have been times earlier this season when Moreau was a prime candidate to be scratched, but the line of he, Shawn Horcoff and Fernando Pisani has actually been pretty good the last couple of weeks, so if the captain is out, so is the timing. Then again, the club is evaluating players for the future and Moreaus future with the club is likely very short.

Its not always just going to be based on merit, from the standpoint of going forward for the next six games, said Quinn. Itll be partly managements idea of what our future is. Theres been no firm instruction in the sense that you have to play this guy or that guy, were trying to do something that makes sense for our future going forward.

Were not writing anybody off - our job is to evaluate our senior guys as well as our younger guys.

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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