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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report – Klefbom and Petrovic skating

I’ve got some good news for you Oiler fans! 

We’ve gone another week without injuries in the Oilers locker room, which also means all of our current injured players are THAT much closer to returning. Yamamoto was taken off the IR last week and we saw him play his first NHL game of the new year as well. Tune in below as we have a big update on the recovery of Oscar Klefbom, and an update about Alex Petrovic.

Alexander Petrovic

Just over a week ago Alex Petrovic was placed on the IR with concussion-like symptoms. In case you missed it, Petrovic hit his head on the glass after taking a hit from Timo Meier against the Sharks. He’s been out since then with no specific timeline on a return. It was reported that Alex skated in yesterdays practice which can only mean good things. Concussions can be a tricky beast to handle as there are often setbacks that occur during recovery. I’m sure the Oilers will take no risk with Petrovic’s concussion and only bring him back when he’s 100% ready.

Oscar Klefbom

Good news on the Oscar Klefbom front! Klef skated by himself with a trainer yesterday morning for an hour before the team took the ice. This is the first time he’s been on the ice since breaking his finger during a game on December 13th. Coach Hitchcock said that there’s a lot of enthusiasm in the group after they watched Klefbom skate.

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This is excellent news for the team and fans. Watching one of your best defencemen near close to a return after winning two games in a row is a huge morale boost for the guys. For the fans? Well, we couldn’t be more excited about this news either. If the Oilers can hold onto this playoff race that they’re in and then take off in the standings when Klefbom is back, I’ll be so happy.

As I said last week, the timeline for Klefbom’s return is the first game after the all-star break. Let’s hope all goes as planned over the next two weeks and he returns as planned.

Andrej Sekera

Andrej Sekera is still plugging away with his recovery of the Achilles tear he suffered last summer. There was a bit of rumbling before Christmas about a potential return date for Reggie happening around February, but since then it’s just been crickets. Frankly, I’m not sure if the return of Sekera would help us that much for the final stretch of the season. It all depends on how well he can bounce back from his injury and based on the long-term injuries he’s suffered through in the last two seasons, I can’t seeing it be well.

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  • Die Hard Oiler Fan

    Interesting update re Andre Sekera.
    As an Oiler fan you had to love his play in 2016-17. The problem of course, is two major injuries since then, his age, and his salary. I read an article (sorry forget which site) a few days ago which pondered how the Oilers would be able to fit Reggie back in the line-up, from a salary cap standpoint if and when he was ready to return. It isn`t as simple as burying a few other d-men in the minors. Someone would have to be traded. Problem is I doubt too many teams will be lining up for any of our multitude of #7 – #10 defenseman, or Spooner. Maybe Talbot goes (although Brian Burke says he has no trade value with his contract). In any event, even if Reggie is ready to return prior to the trade deadline, at best it is going to take some time for him to get up to speed. And there is a possibility that the current version of Reggie may not be as good as some of our bottom end d-men (I know,
    I know, some of them are awful). Makes me wonder if there is any possibility of him remaining on IR for the rest of this season or longer (ala Andrew Ference version of a few years back).

    • OriginalPouzar

      There is no reason to think that Sekera won’t be returning sometime in February. Once activated, it won’t be long until he’s in the lineup – Yes, he’s going for a conditioning assignment in the AHL but those are 3 games max so the timing of his activation will be only a week before he’s in NHL games.

      Further, while he’s on the conditioning stint in the AHL, he takes up one of the 23 roster spots so the timing of activation is important.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Further, making room for Sekera under the cap when activated shouldn’t be hard. The team is currently apx $2M in to the LTIR relief (which will disapear). When Klef is activated, they will re-assign someone which will reduce their cap hit by apx $800K-$1,050,000, depending on who is re-assigned.

    That will leave them about $1M over the cap and, when Sekera is activated, they will, again re-assign someone and reduce the cap yet again – that will take them right to the upper cap limit (give or take).

  • OriginalPouzar

    The issue will then be the fact that their 23 man roster is right at the upper cap limit (with the LTIR cushion gone). If someone gets hurt, they won’t even be able to call someone up (players on IR still count against the cap – it just opens up a roster spot).

        • OriginalPouzar

          He’s on the books right now – always has been, always will be. LTIR placement simply provides a cushion to go over the cap – that cushion will disappear upon activation.

      • OriginalPouzar

        He counts against the cap right now (the team simply has a cushion to go over the cap by a certain amount that is determined at the time he as put on LTIR). That’s cushion will go away when activated and the team will need to be cap compliant in the ordinary course.

        When on a conditioning stint he will still count against the cap (as he always has), the LTIR relief will be gone and he will count on the 23 man roster.

        As posted above, assuming we don’t have additional players on IR, cap compliance shouldn’t be an issue – we are over the cap by $2M but that includes our 23 man roster plus Sekera on LTIR plus the 2 on IR (Klef and Alex P.).

  • Beer_League_Ringer

    I am proud of our boys for staying in the mix (so far) while missing Klef. He really is our #1 D-man and he was playing 25+ mins and lights out most games before he was hurt.

  • toprightcorner

    Why would Klefbom not be skating with a broken finger? Doesn’t ha e to hold a stick, but he should be skating daily to keep up his conditioning so he can more seemlessly step into the lineup. That makes zero sense to me.

  • rektangle

    I’m thinking that the Oilers will keep Reggie on the IR for the rest of the season. I don’t think they’ll want to have to clear 3 million in cap to get him back into the lineup.

    • OriginalPouzar

      They have to clear apx $2M currently and, as I stated above in some detail, it won’t be an issue as long as they don’t have a bunch of other players on IR.

      When Klef and Petrovic are activated, players will get re-assigned.

      When Sekera is activated yet another player will get re-assigned.

      They currently have 26 players counting on the cap – the 23 man roster plus Klef, Petrovic and Sekera.

      • OriginalPouzar

        They also are obligated to activate him when he’s deemed ready to go. I’m sure they can play a little loosy/goosy with that rule but Sekera wants to play and resume his career, he won’t just be quiet and stay on LTIR all year once he’s ready to go.