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Eakins: Eberle doesn’t need an MRI so take that, Twitter

Mar 20, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

Edmonton Oilers' head coach Dallas Eakins, center, stands on the bench above David Perron, from left to right, Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) AP

Yesterday, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos tweeted that Oilers forward Jordan Eberle would “get an MRI as early as today regarding a suspected knee injury.”

Today, head coach Dallas Eakins alluded to that bit of reportage. From the Oilers’ website:

After tweaking his knee, there were reports that Jordan Eberle may have had an MRI or had one scheduled. However, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said Thursday that those weren’t true and Eberle, one of their roster’s stars may not be out very long.

“We don’t feel there’s a need for one now,” Eakins said. “Not saying it’s never, but the misinformation in the twitter world is always quite amazing.

“But he tweaked his knee, there’s no MRI scheduled and we’re hopeful he won’t be out very long.

At the risk of painting Eakins as a curmudgeonly old techno-hater, we should mention he appears to really appreciate Twitter and has an active account, often using it to provide updates on his team’s injuries and lineup decisions. For example:

As for Eberle, he’ll be held out of tonight’s game versus Buffalo and will probably end up getting an MRI done really quietly.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    He’ll be using a witch doctor instead.

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