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Oilers centre Sam Gagner doing what he can to accelerate recovery

Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner is tended too after getting hit in the face by Vancouver Canucks...

Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner is tended too after getting hit in the face by Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian during pre-season action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Sept. 21, 2013. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 AM ET

EDMONTON - There will be no peanut brittle for a while, but Sam Gagner can manage a smile now and even chow down a little “mangled up” fish and rice.

So, yeah, things are heading in the right direction for the Edmonton Oilers centre.

Meeting the media for the first time since Zack Kassian broke his jaw and knocked out four of his teeth with a wild one-hander in the pre-season, Gagner says he’s feeling good and hoping to be back sooner than the original eight-week prognosis.

“I’m starting to work out and get my heart rate going,” he said, as the rest of this teammates were returning to the dressing room after the morning skate.

“It was a tough week, not being able to do much. But I feel better now and I’m on my way.”

With all of the excitement and optimism surrounding a new season, and with a new three-year contract in his pocket, Gagner couldn’t wait to get this season going. Now he’s almost starting from scratch.


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