by Lisa McRitchie on 10/14/11 at 04:45 PM ET
The Edmonton Oilers’ right winger Ales Hemsky left last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild in the first period with a sore shoulder. Following the game, coach Tom Renney said “This isn’t fatal. He’ll come back and he’ll play and things will be fine. It’s just one of those things. He’s not afraid of anything and when you put yourself in harm’s way as opposed to find yourself in harm’s way harm comes. And that happens to Hemmer but you have to love that he’s ready to compete and that’s huge for our veteran players to do that because they’re the first players to get called out if they don’t. And certainly we don’t have to worry about that with Hemmer.”
Fans expected an update this morning. As the hours passed, concerns grew. Then, as I was writing this update I had to start all over again thanks to an update that came through.
I was writing that the lack of news from the Oilers was quite concerning; if it was indeed just a sore shoulder that would be an easy update. To me, the lack of news made me think of an MRI being scheduled. Sure enough, Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal tweeted “Ales Hemsky to have an MRI this afternoon to determine extent of shoulder injury #Oilers.”
This is not to say that Hemsky will require further surgery on this shoulder, nor is it saying that there is nothing wrong. Sadly, Oilers fans are back to a wait and see situation, but now we know that this sore shoulder is going to be a serious concern.
Hemsky plays hard, and is not afraid to go into the dirty areas and both take and give hits. Hemsky is also all too aware of where his team is in terms of the standings and injuries, especially last year. As such, Hemsky played through the pain and finally went under the knife in March to repair an injured shoulder.
Whether or not the off-season was enough time to repair the shoulder, or whether or not this pain is due to a hit from last night’s game, no one is saying. One thing is certain though, in this contract year for Hemsky, while the team has to decide whether they trade or sign the winger, this does not bode well.
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