If there has been one encouraging sign in Taylor Hall’s recovery from a concussion, it’s that he got back to skating shortly after suffering the injury. However, Thursday was an exception as he was kept off the ice.
“I don’t know if it’s a setback, I think it’s a leveling off,” said Oilers coach Tom Renney. “It’s a concussion. The bottom line is that he’s not ready to play the game, we’ll take it a day at time. We’ll see how’s he’s doing (Friday). He may be able to skate tomorrow, maybe not. We want him close to us so we’re able to make that determination.”
Hall felt “pretty much normal” on Sunday, but Renney said he’s “clearly” not ready. With so little time remaining in the regular season, it seems reasonable to wonder if Hall will play again in the 2011-12 campaign. For now though, Renney is calling Hall “day-to-day.”
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.