EDMONTON – Of all layoffs, hirings and trips around the Edmonton Oilers, the most shocking transaction will be when they activate No. 1 Oscar Klefbom from the injured reserve.
The Oilers waited for him to come out of the All-Star's extended break, but an accident on Thursday may have altered those plans.
Klefbom, who broke a finger on Dec. 11 and has not played since then, came back with a special glove and opened a workout paired with his usual partner, Adam Larsson. But near the end of training, Klefbom took a bat in his injured left hand and demanded attention from the Oilers coach.
Although he stayed on the ice, Klefbom did not participate in the final 15 minutes of the Oilers' practice, clearly not a sign that his injured digit is ready for action.
"Things happen," he said, putting on a brave face after training. "Someone tried to knock the record down and hit me where he should not hit me.
The Oilers play day games in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday in Montreal. They hoped to have their number-one minute leader and No. 1 supporter on the ice at Philly, but those hopes took what appeared to be a serious blow on Thursday.
"Let's see (Friday) We have another practice, let's see how it feels (Friday)," Klefbom said. "It's been a long wait. And I can not wait to be on ice and play some games. "
The Oilers practice at 9:00 am on Friday before chartering to Philadelphia.