Minor Updates and Musings
The Edmonton Oilers may not be as short on defenceman opening night as was previously believed. According to the Oilers website, “Both Ryan Whitney and Ladislav Smid are progressing and could potentially shock Oil Country by playing vs. the Penguins, but Taylor Chorney is certainly ready to go.” If Whitney feels ready to play, the team trainer clears him, and the coaching staff puts Whitney into the lineup, it will not be a problem because Whitney has been on the team’s injured reserve listing since his injury last December. As such, the defenceman has been on the IR for much longer than the required week. For Smid to play he cannot have been placed on the IR on Wednesday but the Oilers’ website has not been updated to indicate which players have been placed on IR. So, it will be a surprise to Oil Country if Smid plays and if he doesn’t.
Coach Tom Renney gets asked a million questions every day, but Monday’s questions seemed to be concerning many more topics than usual. Renney was asked about the condition of his players, his choices for cuts, his starting lineup, about the players who weren’t cut, the team trip to Jasper and everything else the people of Oil Country would like to know. The Edmonton Oilers have a portion of Renney’s interview available on their website and Jason Gregor of the Team 1260, has a much longer portion available in the 3rd hour of the October 3rd show.
Oilers beat Flames 3-0
The Edmonton Oilers came up victorious in a home and home series with the Calgary Flames this weekend, much to the delight of Oilers fans. When was the last time anyone was able to say that? Sure it’s just pre-season and these games don’t count, but following injury updates that were far from positive and new injury news for Sam Gagner, many fans will take pleasure where they can get it.
In a pre-season that has been filled with far more injuries than any Oilers fan would like to see thanks to concussions to both Colten Teubert and Ben Eager Oilers fans need to acknowledge another injury that has been far too long healing. It is not only Oilers’ fans and likely coaching staff that would have liked to have seen Ryan Whitney back to 100% following the defenceman’s December 28, 2010 injury and subsequent surgery, but also Ryan Whitney himself.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has written another piece on the slow recovery time Whitney is seeing, and the unhappiness that Whitney is now feeling
“I was planning all summer to be ready for camp. The foot is improving but it is taking longer than I thought it would. It is frustrating. I know it’ll get there (ability to play without discomfort), but when? Nobody can give me an answer, and it’s not the trainers (responsibility). Nobody can do that,” he said.
Today is a big day for the Edmonton Oilers because today is the first day of training camp. There are a few Oilers and prospects that are not on the ice due to various injuries and it is also captain Shawn Horcoff’s birthday. If nothing else, truly this has to be the surest sign that the hockey season is days away. The Oilers’ today were divided into 3 teams, A, B and C to take part in various on-ice drills. With so many people at camp on day one, including the injured, the Oilers’ brass will have their work cut out for them to start making cuts.
With NHL training camps just around the corner, hopes are high and everyone looks to their crystal and magic 8 balls to make their predictions for the coming season. Fans, media and players alike have ideas on what to expect. If there is any point in the season to be full of hope and optimism, surely that time is now. After all, the team hasn’t lost any games, no one has been a healthy scratch, and the IR list should be blank.*
*darn you Ryan Whitney!
The Edmonton Oilers had more than their fair share of injuries last season, and it seems for some that luck continued through the off-season.
Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney has re-tweaked his ankle in Boston earlier this month and according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal is “sick of not playing.”
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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