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Oilers’ Horcoff out “long-term” with broken knuckle (update)

Feb 5, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

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Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff can’t seem to catch a break.

In his first game back after being briefly sidelined by a Jan. 30 neck injury, the 34-year-old center took a puck off the hand and won’t return to Monday’s match against the Vancouver Canucks.

Update: Head coach Ralph Krueger announced that he suffered a broken knuckle and will be out “long term.”

Horcoff’s importance to Edmonton has declined as the team has bolstered its lineup with prospects – some are even arguing that he should give up the “C” soon – but with Eric Belanger day-to-day with a foot injury, the team is getting a little weaker down the middle.

If nothing else, they’ll have fewer options when it comes to players who can do the dirty work for their young stars.

Horcoff has a goal and an assist in his six games so far in 2013. We’ll see if he gets a chance to add to those totals.

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