Oilers' Gagner out for the year
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
DETROIT - The 42-point mark appears to be the limit so far for the Edmonton Oilers.
On Thursday, the club lost another 42-point scorer for the year as it was revealed Sam Gagner severed a tendon in his hand when teammate Ryan Jones caught him with a skate blade while jumping over the boards Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.
"We were just sitting on the bench and I was hopping over the boards," said Jones. "I think he was reaching for water bottle at the same time and the back of his hand nicked my skate."
Gagner stayed behind in Washington to have exploratory surgery on his hand, while the rest of the team moved on to Detroit where they'll face the Red Wings Friday. During the surgery, doctors discovered the true extent of the injury.
"It was just a freaky thing," said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. "He was able to come back and play after that, but a lot of that was adrenaline working for him too."
Gagner finishes the season with 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points. He joins Ales Hemsky and Taylor Hall on the list of forwards lost for the year.
Both Hemsky and Hall also had 42 points when they suffered shoulder and ankle injuries respectively.
"It's just one of those things, it's just more adversity that we're going to have to face," said Jones. "We're going to have to rely on other people more and it's an opportunity for guys to step up, myself included."