Tag: MCL sprain

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Oilers decide that Shawn Horcoff’s return is worth taking a ‘calculated risk’

There are some (perhaps many) who will question the Edmonton Oilers and Shawn Horcoff’s “calculated risk” to allow the team captain to return to the ice before his knee injury fully healed.

Horcoff will skate with a brace on his right knee as he hasn’t fully recovered from a December 7th injury in which he collided with Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry.

Considering how far the Oilers are out of the Western Conference playoff picture, it seems curious to rush their 32-year-old captain back to action. Horcoff feels that there is plenty for the team to gain during the rest of the 2010-11 season, even if the playoffs are a distant possibility.

“Just because you’re out of the playoffs doesn’t mean you can’t put emphasis on hockey games,” said the veteran centre, who will likely skate between Taylor Hall and Dustin Penner in Thursday’s home game against the Dallas Stars at Rexall Place.

“Just because you’re out of the playoffs doesn’t mean you have nothing to play for. You have a job to play for,” he continued.

“We’ll just have to be creative and find some ways to push each other, to make sure every game is competitive. You have to work toward something. You still have to develop these kids, you have to develop your system play, you have to develop your team.

“When you finish the season strong, that has a tendency to carry on to the next one. We want to go into this summer feeling good about ourselves.”

Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s a wise idea to allow Horcoff to return so far from full strength without the dangling carrot of a playoff spot. Then again, the Oilers seem to be taking a big picture approach with this campaign; bringing back their captain during a seemingly lost season falls in line with barring Sheldon Souray from training camp despite the impact it would have on his trade value.

The team is attempting to foster a culture of winning after years of losing since the Chris Pronger trade. Horcoff is likely to be a part of that – at least in the early going – so that’s why they’re taking a risk by bringing him back.

We’ll just have to wait and see if that ends up being a wise decision or a foolish mistake.

Erik Christensen expects to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury


The New York Rangers will be without the startling shootout skills and occasional flashes of brilliance of forward Erik Christensen for four to six weeks, as the team announced he is dealing with a second degree MCL sprain in his right knee. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of his knee problems.

Christensen suffered the injury during the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

While Christensen isn’t a game changing player – he scored six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 37 games this season – he did receive some time on the Rangers first line so it’s safe to say he’ll be missed.

Philadelphia Flyers hope for the best regarding Daniel Carcillo’s knee injury


Super pest Daniel Carcillo left the Philadelphia Flyers’ 5-1 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators early Monday with a knee injury. The question is: how severe is that injury?

The team is hoping that he is only dealing with a MCL sprain and that his issues will only keep him out about two weeks, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News.

However, Seravalli reports that the problem could be quite a bit bigger than that.

Carcillo is expected to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the knee injury, although that will only happen if the swelling in his knee goes down enough to provide a proper MRI.

Carcillo, who left Monday’s 5-1 win over Ottawa just a few minutes into the second period, will miss at least two weeks with what appears to be an MCL sprain.

But it could be worse.

The Flyers don’t know exactly what is wrong with Carcillo’s knee, as only so much can be determined without an MRI. He will have that MRI of done today in Philadelphia if there is not too much swelling to try and determine the exact extent of his injury.

Seravalli reports that the team hasn’t called up anyone from the minors just yet, pointing out that the minor league team will only be a three hour car drive from Montreal today. In the mean time, the Flyers will give James van Riemsdyk another chance to redeem himself after a healthy scratch and Andreas Nodl may return to the lineup after injuring his foot.

It might take some time for further updates, but we will pass along news of Carcillo’s condition once it becomes available. The Flyers are a deep team, but Carcillo has the ability to impact a game with his agitating presence and physical play.