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Oilers’ Gagner undergoing jaw surgery tomorrow

Sep 23, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, Edmonton announced that center Sam Gagner would be undergoing surgery for a broken jaw, suffered on Saturday after a high stick from Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.

“I think they’re going to putĀ  a plate in,” Oilers GM Craig MacTavish told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “Maybe a couple of plates.”

Gagner, 24, will be out indefinitely while recovering from the injury. Timetables are often vague when it comes to broken jaws — returning to action can sometimes be contingent upon pain management — but the Edmonton Journal speculates Gagner could be facing a 6-8 week recovery period.

If so, it would leave Edmonton without its top two centers for a large chunk of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is already shelved with a shoulder injury and isn’t expected to be back until November.

Gagner is in the first year of a three-year, $14.4 million extension with the Oilers after finishing second on the team in points last season, with 38.

  1. bosoxfan15 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Kassian should be forced to miss as much time as Gagner.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Duncan Keith should be forced to miss as much time as Daniel Sedin, Cooke should be forced to miss as much as Karlsson, etc. Seems it doesn’t work that way, and nor should it.

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