The Edmonton Oilers couldn’t even go through the pre-season without experiencing a significant injury.
In the Oilers 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place on Saturday night, forward Sam Gagner suffered a sprained ankle and is week-to-week.
I’m sorry, but this is precisely why I am not a fan of exhibition contests. I can’t even describe these contests as games. Instead they are a battle of two teams that are evaluating their individual personnel.
Oiler fans cannot be excited about the back-to-back wins over the Flames on the weekend. It means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
The Oilers ended up the biggest losers, because they lost a key component of their hockey team when the season actually matters for them on October 9 against Pittsburgh.
In other significant hockey news, former Edmonton Oiler Jean-Francois Jacques has been suspended for the first five regular season games for coming on to the ice for the direct purpose of starting a fight in the Anaheim Ducks’ game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Also, the Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Chris Campoli from the Chicago Blackhawks to a one year deal worth $1.75 million.