Connor McDavid to Undergo Surgery to Repair Broken Clavicle

It was the news we all knew was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. Connor McDavid will undergo surgery to repair a broken clavicle and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

For Oilers fans everywhere the news that Connor McDavid is out feels like a punch to the gut. Depending whom you ask, the recovery for this type of injury varies from six to 12 weeks depending on the type of damage suffered to the surrounding areas. If you take Pete Chiarelli at his word, doctors know exactly what needs to be done and the Oilers won’t be losing McDavid for the season. The best case scenario would be that McDavid recovers quickly and can return to the lineup sometime in late December/early January.

It goes without saying that this injury is absolutely devastating for the Oilers, but they will have to move forward. While having Connor McDavid on the shelf for months certainly hurts the Oilers chances at improving in the standings, I think we can all be happy that it’s a collarbone injury and nothing involving the head. As bad as it sucks to lose him, the injury could have been much worse considering the speed at which he hit the boards. All we can do now is hope his childlike bones still have the ability to heal at a childlike pace.

Get well soon, Connor. We, along with hockey fans everywhere, will miss you.

WHAT PETE SAID…

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    • paul wodehouse

      ..good point ..but kd lang did an amazing job of this song too..I was there at radio city(1992)
      when she sang for roy’s widow and if you were not crying you are not human

    • My mistake. It was the non-stick hand to the inside of the hip.

      That’s affecting his center of gravity. To me, it still makes the intent of put him off balance but not necessarily crash the boards.

      It’s a typical play for someone that is being beat. Unfortunate but I’m sure McDavid has come across it before.

      • Stack Pad Save

        I tried watching the crash multiple times and it was impossible to tell how dangerous of a play Manning made pushing his hip as there was no follow through by Mannings arm. However, I can’t stand refereeing in the NHL right now. It is so inconsistent, it doesn’t protect star players. I want to see star players like Crosby, Datsyuk and McDavid playing, not goons. I want to see star players playing the cup finals not goon teams full of massive players whose only skills are to hit, dump and chase. I think the onus is on the NHL to reward skill hockey over goon hockey to make the game more enjoyable to the fan.

  • Oilerz4life

    When Dan Craig was building the ice in Edmonton, they had the best ice in the league.Since he left, it’s steadily deteriated. I don’t know who is the ice supervisor now,but next season the Oilers need to get someone competent for Rogers Centre.

    • Leaking5w-30

      I don’t think it’s the ice builder as much as the ice plants.

      I worked a 50/50 last year. Walked around the annals of Rexall. It certainly left me the impression Northlands was not putting much into maintenance.

  • Homesty it feels like I lost my best friend. With ebbs coming back he could have slid in beside mcd because having drai on the nuge line gives them some size . And mcd and pou have good size so having someone like ebbs who can make plays at high speed and who can also finish when mcd sets him up would make for a more well rounded top six.im crushed. Leave drai where he is and bring up big yak for the fourth line centre. Give lander a shot on the second line with ebbs and pou. And I was pumped with the d pairings and usage FINALLY last night. Pls get heal up quick mcd. Seriously heart breaking.

  • Anton CP

    Ok 2 things on the serious:

    1) Rexall ice sucks. I know it for a fact. I skated on it last year with my Novice team for an “Oil Kings Experience” and I walked on it this year for an Oil Kings thing. There are more grooves and sticky patches and bubbled ice than the worst rink in our surrounding areas. In fact the ice in our surrounding areas is way quicker and better. IMO

    2) Smart player. Connor’s a gifted athlete, he turned his edge to start slowing down and he didn’t glide it perfectly cuz his center of gravity was off due to the two apes hanging off him. IMO

    • 5 Cups

      I have skated on both rexall and saddledome ice. They are both terrible. The thing is NHL players have tremendously strong skating strides; which creates the deep ruts in the ice. I would be willing to bet that there is far worse ice in American rinks sitting in warm climates.

      My skating on two NHL ice sheets and your being in one does not qualify as any judgement of NHL ice.

      • Jordan88

        Yeah it does. And I spend 5 hours a week skating on rinks in and around Edmonton ( I coach two Minor Hockey teams) and they all have better ice than Rexall. The days of Rexall having “the best ice” are many years behind us.

  • Anton CP

    Try to find some bright side of the outcome:

    1. He is not gone for the season, he will return.

    2. Clean break, no torn or tear, just need to wait for bone to heal up.

    3. Bones do get stronger after recovery from breaking. It will not be a chronical issue.

    I think this is what happened when the arena is sponsored by pharmaceutical.

  • Anton CP

    Another thing, Manning has no business to be on PP because he has very limited offense so unless that Flyers have completely out of options then it is the counter measure for McDavid on PK, his assignment was to stop McDavid anyway possible.

  • paul wodehouse

    @passenger

    the name on the back of 97s jersey is McDavid and not the way you spelled it…

    … try harder and spell the young man’s FAMILY NAME correctly!

  • Stack Pad Save

    I didn’t think he looked too upset, just had his usual Connor face on that I have seen every time I see him.

    That glum, melancholy, wish I played anywhere but Edmonton look. The same look when it was announced the Coil won the lottery, the same look when he is on the phone with Mess, the same look he had when he broke up his collarbone..it never changes. Poor guy. I hope he finds his happiness someday when he can get free agency and leave Edmonton in his rearview

    • Reg Dunlop

      I can only imagine how difficult it is to support a team representing Alberta’s second city. Always an afterthought. No mention of the flames on SportCenter while the McDavid injury gets half the show. One fluke cup. Never any love, outside the few fans that tolerate Calgary while planning to return home, wherever that may be. An ephemeral place, like the Atacama desert that blossoms once a decade when it finally rains. Little more than a town of shantys, with people having to settle for second best. Couldn’t even host the real Olympics, had to settle for the little ‘winter’ version. So I do understand your envy, and I forgive your ignorance.

      • '68 Fire Chicken

        Hahahahaha

        Keep holding your piddly track n field championships and reading International columnists correctly write about having to be in Deadmonton to cover it.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Honestly. Manning didn’t do anything Jeez you guys. This generational wonder who apparently is so fast and skates so well..maybe doesn’t. Manning didn’t touch him till they all hit the boards.

  • slapshot444

    Ok Does this mean the Oilers are going to pick number one again!!!!!!!
    Keep it up and the league will make a rule about that. What’s that,,,,,,,,, oh,,, they already did?

  • slapshot444

    A broken or fractured clavicle is serious.

    Hockey is a contact activity.

    This injury can reoccur.

    It can restrict range of motion etc.

    It is sad to see McDavid have such a hill to climb.

    The Fans should be realistic.

  • Johnnydapunk

    Could be in for a trashing but if the ice was so terrible, there would have been far more injuries like what McDavid had, most of the shoulder injuries that Oil players have had and even the Fedun broken leg were not in Edmonton. I really don’t think the ice is an issue. Edmonton is kindof lucky as the cool and dry climate actually is important in good ice so you don’t have to mess about too much to keep it that way.

    Ruts will happen in the ice and as there seems to be a desire to keep the game going and if a rut shows up at the beginning of the game, not always time to fix it. You have 2 Zambonis ripping around now and minimal time for ice to set, add to it the players are bigger and heavier, so the ice will get chewed up more. The injury happened when the ice was at its worst (near the end of the second) so it would be shocking if it wasn’t full of ruts and grooves.

    The ice has always ranked highly according to NHL players and I don’t think that it would have dropped that much since Dan Craig left, maybe the ice plant is a bit aged, but they generally last forever with good maintenance.

    The only one thing that came to mind, but it’s not Rexall specific and more of a design thing is the boards don’t give at all now, thought they used to give a lot more in the 80s and maybe that was more the issue than the ice or anything else. Saying that, I don’t think much could have prevented the injury as it was just an unfortunate incident.

    Perhaps it will be something the NHL looks at as its a board design issue more than anything else, but again not sure if it would have made a difference.

    • Jordan88

      The ice sucks, it really does. If you ever go to a game or an Oil Kings game have you watched how much water is left on the ice after the zamboni and how long it takes the staff to squeegee the excess off? And when I was actually on the ice I saw tire marks from the zamboni right near the goal crease that were indented and rough to skate on. Plus I saw some actual yellow ice that was bubbled!! If you walk on with shoes you don’t even slip, you almost stick to the ice. THIS IS ALL FACT!! Have a real close look next time you are at the Rex. I ask any of you to have a close look next opportunity and report back.

  • Jordan88

    dude… the only way your career is done from a broken collar bone is if your arm is literally torn off.

    My god, Stamkos’s leg was broken in half and he sure looks like a bust now. /sarcasm

  • For Pete's Sake!

    It’s not sarcasm, it’s just sad.

    One of the downsides of the internet is that it gives voice to people with so little self worth that they lower themselves to trolling an injury report for a player.

    It can’t get much lower than that on a sports blog.