ST. PAUL, Minn. - Edmonton captain Ethan Moreau was in the Oilers' starting lineup for Saturday's game at Minnesota, marking his long-awaited return from an injury absence that lasted more than 14 months.
The 32-year-old left-wing, who helped the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, dislocated his right shoulder just eight games into last season and didn't play again. He had recently signed a four-year contract extension through 2011, before getting hurt.
Then in September, Moreau took a slap shot off his left ankle in a pre-season game. He was supposed to miss a few weeks, but the injury was later discovered to be worse than initially diagnosed.
Moreau, a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994, has 224 points in 685 career games. Saturday night, he started on a line with Andrew Cogliano and Fernando Pisani against the Wild.