Throw a couple more injuries onto the pile this week, surprise, surprise. I don’t even remember what it’s like to have a healthy team anymore – it hasn’t happened all season. Good on the Oilers for hanging in there with all their injuries, though. There are a lot of people who would have given up as soon as Rexall’s ice and end boards teamed up to put our beloved Connor out of the lineup.

## CONNOR MCJESUS

Do we really need to talk about what happened to Connor? I don’t think so. It may be early, but I am still hoping that we will hear the news that he is skating again. Maybe it’s all the coffee I’ve had today, but my legs are shaking just thinking about it. They hype for McDavid’s first game back is going to be unreal. People have been wondering about whether or not McDavid should be sent down for a conditioning stint to warm him back up after his injury. I’ll let the veteran bloggers rant about that, but I feel it’s safe to say that even if he comes back to the NHL not 100% in shape or up to speed, he will still be better than 89% of the players on the ice.

## YAK-CITY

Two weeks ago when that linesmen violently body slammed himself onto Yakupov’s innocent leg, the timeline for his return was 2-4 weeks. It’ been two weeks and now McLellan is saying it is unlikely that Yak returns to the team before Christmas. What does that mean? According to the wanna-be Twitter doctors this most likely means his ankle sprain is a high ankle sprain. A 2-4 week timeline for a high ankle sprain is pretty generous as per my wanna-be doctor thoughts. Funny though, as I pegged McDavid to be back from a broken collar bone in six weeks.

Imagine the hype on game day when McDavid returns. *imagines*. Now imagine the hype on game day if McDavid and Yakupov return on the SAME DAY. *IMAGINES!* ConYak would be reunited, and I’m 100% positive that it will feel so good.

## POU PROBLEMS

Benoit Pouliot is back on the never-ending-injury-reserve again. Poor guy. He got creamed by Phaneuf, in Toronto, at the end of November. Not sure if that’s how he got injured though, I never got a chance to ask him, but I think it must be the cause. Pouliot missed the next game and was then placed on the IR with a lower body injury.

If you’ve gotten this far in the injury report you will now have noticed that our most productive line at the beginning of the season, Yak-McD-Pou, is all on the IR. Every last one of them. This would seem like a good time for the team to give up, but NO. Not the Oilers. We are rallying, and we will win the Stanley Cup. There is no timeline for Pouliot’s return, but it leaves me wondering… You’ve already imagined the hype on game day if McDavid AND Yakupov return on the same day. NOW, imagine if McDavid AND Yakupov AND Pouliot came back on the same day! The NHL might as well just give us that 8th playoff spot and skip right to April.

## CAPTAIN PLANET

Apparently, a lot of people consider Andrew Ference’s nickname to be Captain Planet, probably from his time in Boston. As someone who had no idea who Captain Planet was, and just learned about him, I think Ference makes a perfect Captain Planet. In defence of myself, I was three years old when that show got cancelled, or ended, or whatever, so it’s completely understandable that I don’t know who he is.

Somehow Ference got injured this past week and was put on the IR indefinitely. Can this guy’s season get any tougher? He’s only had about four minutes of ice time since November 3rd, and now he’s hurt. Everybody was asking me what happened to him and the best thing I could come up with was a freak snow shovelling accident. Maybe it wasn’t even a freak accident. Maybe Andrew was doing a nice favour for Mrs. Ference and he pulled the ol’ latissimus dorsi. He obviously doesn’t have one of those Canadian Tire Versatile Handle attachments that are supposed to prevent back injuries. It’s either that or the Ference house got a surprise visit from some extra terrestrial creatures and they messed him up good. The aliens were probably angry at Ference for trying to do so much good for the world, when they are trying to destroy it. I don’t know… who am I to to know. I’m just the injury report guy!

## KLINK

Rob Klinkhammer has missed 18 games with a lower body injury, and nobody seemed to notice. He has completely fallen off the map, for Oilers fans, but he’s back skating with the team and has been since the beginning of December. I’m excited for Klink to come back and add some depth in our bottom six. Although he has no set return date, I would expect to see Klinkhammer in the lineup before Christmas, and before the return of Yak and McDavid.

## NATION PODCAST

We were back at it this week with Episode 6 of the North x NorthGretz Podcast. This week we talk about the Oilers stringing some wins together, and play a little Battle Royale Game.

tileguyNobody damaged their fist yet?

Leaking5w-30Well done sir.

David SNice job Chris! Every report is getting better.

I can only imagine that Ference got a long-term brain cramp after going -2 playing just 4 minutes.

“Minus 2? Bu bu bu I ONLY PLAYED 4 MINUTES! HOW IS THAT POSSIB…” *snaps* —> IR

vetinariCome back to us soon, healthy and well, Oiler fallen!*

*Double so to you, McDavid!

**And take your time, Ference. Latissimus dorsi injuries are known to linger, until at least mid-April, and even if you think you are feeling better. Don’t even chance it.

LibrarianMikeAll you need to know about Captain Planet is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJaELXadKo

tileguyLol, definately worth going to see.

Leaking5w-30Has a team that occupied 30th place at some point in the regular season ever won the cup?

Yes the cart is 100 miles before the horse… Sue me as long as we are playing ‘meaningful games’ I have the right to insane irrational optimism!

SpurzeyAll are tied for 30th at the start of the season lol (or 1st)

Leaking5w-30The Ference injury intrigues me. It is highly beneficial for the team for Ference to be out with an injury long-term since he wasn’t playing and it’s clear he is at a point he can’t compete anymore.

Its all a bit too convenient.

Leaking5w-30You heard it here first, mcdavid will be back before New Years. That would be 8 weeks, 1 week longer than patty Kane took to return from the same injury. Connor is even a generational healer, anything he can’t do?

Leaking5w-30Loved it. Got the news across in a funny way.

Just thinking about this though, if the Oilers do manage to make the playoff’s. Having Ference around will be great for the team since hardly anybody else has much playoff experience.

Leaking5w-30If the Oilers are in the race, Could we possibly see the Oilers dangle the 2016 First Round pick for a vet like Big Buff (assuming the jets cant resign him) or Iggy at the trade deadline?

I for one would love to see us trade for Iginla for two reasons. 1.) Hall was a huge Iginla fan growing up and he would be an amazing mentor to the young group. 2.) Imagine the reaction of all those Flames fans to see Jarome in an Oilers jersey.

baggedmilkDoes the Iginla trade idea come with a time machine?

passengerA guy on pace for 24 goals and veteran leadership does not need a time machine in my opinion. Plus I know you would definitely like to see the reaction of flames fans if such a thing were to happen.

passengerno no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

passengerWhy the emphatic No? You like magic beans more than playoffs?

LoftyYou want to trade a 1st round pick for a guy who’s 38 years old? That’s why its a terrible idea.

LoftyIf that guy can help make the playoffs while mentoring the young players than yes I would do it. 38 year old who can still pot 25 goals. While I would much rather trade that pick for help on the blue-line, I would be okay with trading it to boost our playoff chances. Go look at players that have been drafted between #12 and #20 and tell me what percentage of them impact a team within 3 years.

LoftyIf you’re looking for a mentor, they come a lot cheaper than a first rounder at the trade deadline.

50% chance of playing 100 games and it goes down to roughly 30% near the end of the 1st round.

Do you want the Oilers to make the playoffs for one season or become a consistent contender? This team is not nearly deep enough to trade 1st round picks for a short term mentor approaching 40 years old.

passengerI wrote a whole thing, but I must have sworn at some point and it didn’t post.

The gist of my argument was no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

David S*Scratches chin* Hmmm…I’m sensing a pattern here. Not exactly sure what it is but something looks vaguely familiar. What could it be? WHAT COULD IT BE?

Lofty“Rob Klinkhammer has missed 18 games with a lower body injury, and nobody seemed to notice.”

Speak for yourself good sir, everyday without the Colonel is like a day without sunshine.

LoftyIt would be great to see Iggy as a member of the Oilers.

He still has it and would provide leadership for a while until Nurse, McDavid and Hall are ready to lead.

Either Iggy or some skilled veteran who has a couple of years left. Thornton, Eric Stall, Chara, etc