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Oilers’ Gagner out indefinitely with broken jaw

Sep 22, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

Frank Corrado, Sam Gagner AP

The Edmonton Oilers were already facing depth issues at center and now they’re about to be tested even further.

The team announce forward Sam Gagner would be out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in last night’s preseason win over Vancouver. Gagner was high-sticked in the second period, left the game and did not return.

It was reported he lost some teeth courtesy of the stick of Zack Kassian, but things have gotten a bit worse now.

The Oilers were set to start the season with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as he’s recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. They’ve been playing Taylor Hall at center to take his place for the time being, but losing Gagner means they’re now without their top two pivots.

With the Oilers hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, this season is not getting started at all the way they hoped.

  1. paledevil - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Curiously I find the character of Evil Ed very Nuxk like.. However I predict the general sentiment of Evil Ed at the 1.23 minute mark will mirror the general resentment of the other teams towards the Nuxks style of play…

    all joke aside The incident was very reckless

  2. withseidelinn - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Do you guys not edit your writing??

  3. paledevil - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Nuxks= NUCKS FRIGGAN SUCK ….My own creation

  4. sharksfan97 - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Just drafted him in my fantasy league. Ouch!

  5. bagjr387 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I wonder how long before the NHL does the NFL and makes the game safer by making the players wear full masks…I figure its just a matter of time after the face of the game spits some teeth out

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