Maybe, but I believe the Oilers are paying his salary, not OKC. OKC runs the business side of operations down there, they really have no say over the roster.
Im gonna disagree.
RNH is being paid an AHL salary by an AHL team right now. His NHL contract was only relevant for the purpose of placing him in the AHL. The only way the Oilers would (technically) have any say on the matter would be for them to recall him from the AHL and then (officially) "loan" him to the World JR Team.
Now...with all that being said... K-Lo and/or Tambo will certainly make some sort of recommendation to the player as well as the AHL team on the matter.
I would rather he stay in OKC, but I wouldn't tell the kid no in this instance. Hopefully his shoulder is doing great and he can go out and try to win Canada gold!
I just like the thoughts of him playing in a playoff atmosphere and playing on a very good team where every game counts. Obviously OKC are a very good team and all but if the lockout don't last all season and the Oilers finish where just about every expert expects them to finish then it could be at least another year or two before Nuge sees any playoff games. Even if the lockout do last all year, the WJC would be a great experience in preparing him for a playoff run with the Barons at the end of the year.
It's a damn shame that we won't get to see Klefa at the WJC's as well. Still RNH and Nail will be a nice consolation prize. Musil and Rieder will also be under 20 years of age for the duration of the tournament although not by much in Rieder's case.
Sounds like it isn't serious but between this breaking, Smid's injury, and Klefboms lost season now seems like as good a time to panic as any.
Originally Posted by Moonlapse Vertigo
I don't care if he and the Oilers say that his shoulder isn't injured. When a player says that they don't feel "quite right" then it's cause for concern.
Originally Posted by BlueChip01
Sounded so dumb to me. So they are checking his shoulder to make sure it is fit to play for Canada? WTF has he been doing playing in the AHL if it needs checking?
Agreed all the way around, I mean this is probably the single most important player going forward for our team we need to make sure that his career is a long and healthy one because our future as a team depends on him being healthy and the best that he can be.
But in all seriousness. I realize that players probably have all sorts of aches and pains that are nothing. But how many times does this organization need to go through a player having a shoulder that just doesn't feel quite right only to have major shoulder surgery.