Oilers’ Perron ends night early after injury to ribs

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The Edmonton Oilers announced that power forward David Perron won’t return to Wednesday’s preseason game because of an injury to his ribs.

Perron, 26,¬†actually returned to the ice after being shaken up by an open-ice hit by Arizona Coyotes defenseman Matt Smaby, but eventually he either couldn’t deal with the discomfort and/or the team thought it might be wise to proceed with caution.

This apparently isn’t the only issue he’s dealt with during the preseason:

Injuries dogged Perron for a significant chunk of his time with the St. Louis Blues, as he was limited to 10 games in 2010-11 and 57 games in 2011-12 because of significant concussion problems.

He played every regular season game of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season with St. Louis and appeared in 78 of 82 games last season with Edmonton, setting career-highs with 28 goals and 57 points while providing a notable physical presence (116 hits, ranking first among forwards and third overall in Edmonton).

It’s unclear at this moment how serious this issue might be, but Perron’s clearly had a tough go of things lately.

Update: The Oilers don’t sound overly concerned: