by Lisa McRitchie on 02/06/12 at 07:40 PM ET
The Oilers have suffered another injury today. No it wasn’t a defenceman, forward or even a goaltender that went down, but it was an injury suffered during the morning skate.
Just as the final player is coming off of the injured reserve list, Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney was struck in the head this morning with a puck. Renney was taken for stitches and it has just recently been released that Renney will not be on the bench for tonight’s game in Toronto.
Tom Renney is doing fine & receiving stitches after taking a puck to the head earlier in practice, according to Ralph Krueger.
Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun may have had the best twitter joke:
Tom Renney hit in head with puck at skate. Stitches. At least if he goes with Belanger ahead of RNH in shootout tonight we’ll understand.
Of course, no one was joking until they knew that Renney was okay.
When players of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate club, the Oklahoma City Barons heard of the injury they must have immediately thought of the implications to their team:
Tom Renney got hurt at practice and is out for the game. Thats gotta be a first? If they call up Nelly does he have to clear waivers?
Tweeted Ryan Keller referring to Barons head coach Todd Nelson.
This is just another flukey injury for the Oilers who lost Taylor Hall to a warmup skate injury, and then there was the time that GM Steve Tambellini was struck by a falling piece of glass in Philadelphia.
Hopefully, this is the last of a long line of injuries for the team. If not, the team really needs to consider some of the offers to come in and cleanse the bad energy from Rexall place, it seems to follow the team on the road!
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