Maroon & Yakupov Day-To-Day With Lower Body Injuries

I’m not saying that this is another edition of Chris The Intern’s cursed, weekly injury report, but I’m not not saying that either. I am just here to inform you fine citizens, that Pat Maroon’s leg did not fall off after that scary incident on Wednesday night, and that all will be back to normal soon enough!

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The last two days of waiting for news on Maroon’s injury brought back too many painful memories from last year. Especially cause it was an injury to a man who worked his butt off all summer to come back to training camp 25 pounds lighter, to keep up with the evolving speed of the game. 

I apologize to everyone who hasn’t seen a clip of Maroon’s hit, as apparently, it is nowhere on the internet to be found (prove me wrong, I dare you). Near the end of the Canucks game on Wednesday night, Maroon took a fairly innocent looking hit from a defenceman in the corner who fell awkwardly on top of him. Maroon, who’s not known to show any pain on the ice was grimacing pretty hard as he limped off the ice. 

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Thankfully this morning, Todd McLellan was the bearer of good news, telling the media that Maroon’s injury was not as bad as expected and that he’s out short-term with a lower body injury. Maroon will likely be on the opening night roster come October 12th, and none of his cardio exercises from the summer will have gone to waste. 

Nail Yakupov, on the other hand, was pulled out of Wednesday’s lineup at the last minute with no real reason given. Since it’s pre-season, it’s pretty common for players to bounce in and out of game rosters, so I didn’t question this move too much. However in McLellan’s media chat today, he revealed that Yakupov is also day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Yakupov, who’s still looking to earn trust from his coaching staff and fans, is still in the books to play this Sunday against Los Angeles. 

What we learned from last year is that Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan keep their injury news hush hush, and keep all of OilersNation on the edge of their seats. With that said, I”m not surprised we haven’t been told any more information on these two injuries. All we know, (and in this case, need to know) is that nothing regarding the Oilers regular season roster should be affected. This is very odd for me cause I’m not used to giving “good” injury news. 

  • Chris I suggest you re-name this series “Chris the intern’s weather update.” I can deal with a tornado or blizzard but as soon as you started writing the injury report THE INJURIES STARTED PILING UP.

  • Kepler62c

    Oilers definitely weren’t 29th place bad last year, those injuries (to some very key players) really affected their point totals… here’s to hoping they can stay reasonably healthy. Maybe 15th in man-games-lost league wide would make their luck change.

      • Oilerchild77

        This is one of those times where I have to disagree with you. The team had an unusually high number of injuries last season. Much higher than pretty much any other team (don’t know the exact numbers, but I’m sure it was way up there). And the injuries weren’t to some 4th line plugs either. I’m not making excuses, it’s just a fact that when you don’t have your best players, you just can’t compete.

        Now, would they have been a playoff contender if healthy? Not a chance. But they deserve at least a little credit for being a better team than the record showed because they were.

        • RJ

          And this is where I have to disagree with you.

          Is it going to be a surprise when an Oiler goes down for an extended period? No. Injuries happen. This is where having quality players and building depth counts.

          Last year was the first year that the Oilers had depth down the middle, and Drai came off a poor rookie year to play very well. When your best RHD last season was Jultz, then Fayne, then even if they’re healthy you’re not going anywhere.

        • abbeef

          Quit being such a drama queen. Losing their #1 defenceman and centre isn’t that big a deal. Anyways injuries have nothing to do with standings just ask the Canadiens.

  • oilerjed

    @ Chris the Intern for Life

    I would hope you would do a little extra digging if MacLellen and Chia aren’t giving up the goods.
    Locked offices are there for a reason after all, to be broken into…..

    If you don’t have an extensive B&E portfolio by the end of season you just may have to be shipped out to Canuck Nation.

    You did negotiate bail payments into your contract right??


  • WhoreableGuy

    Uhh…I live in Calgary and the times I’ve heard Flames fans wishing injury on opposing teams players is countless. The things I heard people say about McDavid were disgusting when he broke his collar bone.

    There is an etiquette to being a hockey fan and the majority of people who cheer the Flames don’t follow them. It’s not their fault, they are new to the sport, the majority taking interest after the 2004 Cup Run. It’s a young fan base so please understand their insecurities.

    • Oilerchild77

      Well I’m from Edmonton, but I have family in Calgary and have been there enough to have noticed that there is a thick, arrogant mean streak deeply ingrained in the culture of that city. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the younger demographic, but the utter lack of respect for other teams/fans is very apparent. A friend of mine once had a full can of beer thrown at him at a Labour Day game at McMahon Stadium. Setting aside the idiocy of allowing drunken fans full beer cans, that was a perfect example of the issue.

      Now, I realize that not all Edmonton fans are angels either, but I haven’t seen the same level of nastiness from our fans. The rivalry is great fun when there is at least a basic level of respect between fans of opposing teams, but some people take it to something beyond personal.

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    Thank goodness Pattys injury is not that serious. He’s a big part of the plans.

    I’m excited to see JP play with veteran center, Nuge. I’d love to find some chemistry there or at least know what we have in the 18 year old.

  • Really need someone else doing the injury reports. Someone crusty with a negative view on life. Maybe Moe or Serious Gord have nothing better to do?

    – x – = +

    hey, huh? 2 negatives multiply into a positive

    Think about it

  • AussieOil


    Good updates – Vague as always from the club.

    What would really interest me in these posts is blatant speculation. Just add in “I spoke to a contact who is a Dr at X and…” Then you can entertain us with what the ailment is and how long athletes with that condition are generally out for.