He was the team’s leading scorer before aggravating a past injury during last week’s All-Star game. From AP-
EDMONTON, Alberta — Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
The 29-year-old forward, who leads the team with 50 points in 53 games this season, aggravated the injury when fell awkwardly at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta on Jan. 27.
“I tweaked it three times before that already this season,” Horcoff said. “Each time you do it, it gets worse.
“That’s the thing that scared me the most. It was just a harmless play. I got clipped from behind a little bit and I just went to catch myself on the ice. It [shoulder] sublexed. It popped in and out.”
Horcoff had an MRI after returning to Edmonton. He played in the Oilers’ first game after the All-Star break, a 3-0 loss to San Jose on Jan. 29, before sitting out a loss to Dallas on Friday. Horcoff will have surgery this week.
Some may argue All-Star games aren’t worth the risk of injury. I’d have a hard time disagreeing with them. Edmonton, ranked 14th of 15 in the Western Conference standings, looks further than ever from a possible playoff spot this season.
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