SLOW TRAIN COMING

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Sometimes the draft feels like a newer memory than Connor McDavid in an NHL game. The young man is in Bakersfield working toward a return date that we hope is February 2, 2016. Will he play that night?

Connor McDavid is talking, and the sound bites carry some interesting news to Edmonton. One of the things many of us wondered about? When he received clearance to engage in all practice activities.

  • Connor McDavid: “The whole point of this was kind of to take some contact, I was cleared
    for contact right before the All-Star break
    , I didn’t have a chance to
    that with the guys (in Edmonton) so it’s a good chance down here to take
    some bumps and really battle hard and test it out and see how it
    feels.”
    Source

Important piece of information, as the time line for return has been vague all along, with that one major item (cleared for contact) never confirmed through the months of November and December—and much of January.

After years and years of being criticized for bringing players back too soon (you know the list), the Oilers may have erred on the side of caution with their phenom. I am not a doctor and do not have access to McDavid’s situation—be wary of those who blindly criticize without specific knowledge—but even if that is the case I think caution with McDavid is probably a good idea. Make sure he is healed and ready.

SO, NEXT WEEK RIGHT?

Maybe. Again from the Lebrun article:

  • Connor McDavid: “There’s still a process to go through to be cleared to play and I’m
    going through that now. Whether it’s Feb. 2 or not, I’m not too sure right now, but obviously
    it’s sometime not too long after the All-Star break.”
    Source

It is nice to know there is a protocol in place and the date for return appears uncertain. I have read countless tweets and articles about how ridiculous the Oilers are to be this careful, but if McDavid gets hurt again many of the critics would probably be at the front of the line to call the organization irresponsible.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Oilers are under new management. Information about injuries and personnel decisions are not delivered in a timely manner and the reporters and media folks charged with uncovering stories appear to be having a tougher time. It is not an easy job with a forthcoming GM (I am sure, have not done the job, it seems a tough one), must be close to impossible to get good information in time for deadlines.

Frustrating for everyone, fans, media, doctors, would-be doctors and Oilers Nation in general. Connor McDavid is closer today than he was yesterday. News by sundial, see you after the All-Star break.

  • Krusher

    I told my wife I’m getting my vasectomy reversed, we’re having another kid, and it’s named McDavid. Boy or girl.

    Damn it is nice to see he’ll be back soon

  • Dirtski

    Glad to see this, didn’t want to post it in another defenseman article. I actually…ACTUALLY…. had a dream last night that Connor returned and scored an absolute beauty and clinch goal his first game back.

    The feeling was amazing in myself and Rexall. I Could feel all hope return to fans. He got us up to only trailing 3-2 -it felt like we would come hard to take the lead and dominate the NHL. A new era. It felt like magic. It was really cool. I never remember my dreams but this one was too awesome. Mcdavid. Mcdavid baby. Can’t wait.

  • stonedtodeath61

    I have been sitting on my tickets for Feb 4th here in Ottawa to see McDavid and welcome Grybs back and now I have this fear that Mc David still needs to clear and there is a 50/50 chance Gryba will be an oiler. Oh man please just let McDavid be good to go, can’t wait to see him live ( not happy he was hurt but glad he didn’t need to play that stinky team in T.O. ps, hey, Pete, please hold on to Big Earl until after the Ottawa game at the minimum.I have grandkids and feel like an 8 year old boy counting down the sleeps to Christmas, lol. Go Oil Go.

  • Even though I wish he was back earlier, hard to argue with erring on caution. I want playoffs now, but it is going to take a down syndrome money to screw this team up in the Mcdavid era.

  • a lg dubl dubl

    I keep watching that you tube video of McDavid highlights, with the kid getting interviewed and screaming CONNOR MCDAVID!! February can’t come soon enough.

  • Jehu23

    Lowetide – How come there has been zero talk of only playing him 39 games this year?

    Is it that he is obviously going to sign long term before the ELC expires? Perhaps a worry that there will be backlash from the NHLPA? (Fehr’s experience with the MLBPA would worry me from an Oilers management/ownership point of view)

    I’d be interested to hear some of the ON writers debate this point… I guess I should send a question to the mailbag.

  • Seanaconda

    Damn you, CBA. From Article 1:

    “Accrued Season” means any League Year during which a Player was on a Club’s Active Roster for 40 (30 if the Player is a goalie) or more Regular Season Games, provided that, for the purposes of calculating an Accrued Season under this Agreement, games missed due to a hockey-related injury incurred while on a Club’s Active Roster shall count as games played for purposes of calculating an Accrued Season but only during the League Year in which the injury was incurred and a maximum of one additional season.

    Games under injury count towards an accrued season and since the Oilers have already played 50 games the issue has already been decided. It was a fun hypothetical though.

    From oilfaninyyc from coppernblue.

  • blark

    Is there any word on if he is practicing on a line with Kassian? A lot of people are suggesting they would be a good pairing, and Kassian got sent down to Bakersfield as well, do you think the Oilers are trying to get some ‘chemistry’ going between the two before Connor’s return?

  • A-Mc

    I made a bet with my boss that Connor would score 51pts or more this season. His injury has really hurt my chances at winning this bet.

    He has 12pts as of today, with 32 games remaining. Think he can do it? I BELIEVE!

    Also, if he DOES do it, does he win the calder?

    #GOCONNOR

    • A-Mc

      He will probably average around a point a game, for rest of season, so around 44 pts for season, No chance he wins Calder, too many games hes missed and with other viable contenders like Larkin, Domi, Panarin,who will have had 75 plus points. Unfortunately 37 missed games nullifes any chance.

  • A-Mc

    McD gets more than a point per game if the RH D is added less if not . Give us Shatenkirk for Nurse plus our 2nd and 3rd . You get 1 D with a few years on Nurse And Klef and his a rightie . Give to get people . Maybe you add another RH D in the summer .

  • A-Mc

    McD gets more than a point per game if the RH D is added less if not . Give us Shatenkirk for Nurse plus our 2nd and 3rd . You get 1 D with a few years on Nurse And Klef and his a rightie . Give to get people . Maybe you add another RH D in the summer .