Gagner expected to rejoin Oilers
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)
DETROIT — For Sam Gagner, it proved to be an untimely drink.
The Edmonton Oilers forward underwent exploratory surgery Thursday, to check the extend of cut to his hand, suffered when Ryan Jones caught him with a skate blade jumping over the boards.
Gagner is expected to rejoin the team Friday, but it’s not known if he’ll be able to play against the Detroit Red Wings.
“They’re going to open the wound up and look at it,” said Renney. “What they’re concerned about is that if there is anything of any significance, such as ligament damage or anything like that. If there is, then he’s done for the year.
“If it’s clean, and they thought it was clean (Wednesday), and if he can tolerate playing, then he’ll play.”
Gagner had removed his glove in order to take a drink from a water bottle when Jones went to jump over the boards.
Gagner left momentarily, but was able to return and finish the game.
“It was just a freaky thing,” Renney said. “He came back and played after, but that’s adrenaline working for you, too.
“It’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to play with it once it’s stitched up.”
SENT DOWN: Alex Plante’s call-up was short lived.
The Edmonton Oilers returned the defenceman to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, calling up Jeff Petry in his place.
“I think because it was his second time up, he was hoping to do much better,” said Renney. “But we’re a little different animal than we were a year ago, when he was trying this, too. Our back-end depth has been challenged and he had to play a lot, and sometimes that’s going to happen.”
Plante, 21, did not register a point and was minus-2 with 11 penalty minutes in his three games with the Oilers.
The former first-round pick — 15 overall — in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, suited up in four games with the Oilers last season.