Ales Hemsky is listening to his body.
After two separate shoulder surgeries in the last two years, the Edmonton Oilers winger had an alarm bell go off last week in Minnesota.
Hemsky wasn't hit or didn't fall awkwardly, he simply started feeling soreness in his right shoulder and decided it was best to shut it down for a while.
"I'm feeling pretty good actually, I got an MRI (Saturday) and they didn't show anything from the surgery, the labrum is fine, I'm just a little weak and I have to get the strength back and healed up a little bit," Hemsky said. "It's a little sore, I just have to get the pain out of my shoulder, get more strength in it and I'll be OK.
"Nothing really happened, I just got a little weaker and I couldn't play with that weakness. If I played with it, I risked getting hurt again, so I just have to get the strength back and I'll be fine."
Hemsky left in the first period of last Thursday's encounter against the Minnesota Wild. It's expected he'll be out of the Oilers lineup for at least the next two weeks.
It's a tough blow to the Oilers who play eight games before the end of the month.
"I get a little pain and I have to get rid of it," Hemsky said. "I was a little weaker than I was before. That's the main concern, I just have to get a little stronger and get rid of the pain and I should be back to normal.
"My shoulder is solid, I don't have problems with that, and I just have to get rid of the pain, that's my main concern."
Hemsky has been bothered by shoulder problems in the last couple of years.
He had his 2009-2010 campaign cut short after injuring his left shoulder, which required surgery. Hemsky played just 22 games that season, scoring seven goals and adding 15 assists.
Last season the native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, played 47 games before an injury to his right shoulder forced him out for the remainder of the year.
Hemsky underwent shoulder surgery again this off-season and was not fully healed by the time training camp rolled around. He missed a portion of the exhibition season, but did manage to get into a pair of contests.
In one of those games, against the Minnesota Wild, Hemsky went crashing into the end boards, which sent shivers up and down the entire Oilers organization.
"I didn't really go crashing in with my shoulder," Hemsky said. "I went in awkwardly, but I think I twisted my knee or my hip. I never really hit the shoulder."
Regardless, Hemsky does not want his shoulder to become a persistent problem this season, especially being in the last year of his contract.
"It's just something I have to be conscious of," Hemsky said. "I don't want to get hurt again. That's the decision we made, I just want to get back and be at 100%.
"It could take five to seven days to get rid of the pain and then I have to work on getting stronger. It could take another five or seven days. It's nothing really major. I just want to be at 100%, I don't want to get hurt again and miss another six months. That's my main concern."