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BLOG: Chiarelli provides update on Klefbom

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom saw his season cut very short due to two separate injuries. A knuckle ailment, which was expected to need a quick recovery, turned into an infection and the blueliner missed 52 games.

Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli provided a fairly in-depth update on Klefbom, who could be back skating soon.

“It was a frustrating thing, and it was almost like the perfect storm as far as kind of two successive infections and really, a cut on his knuckle resulted in an infection in his ankle and there have been some players going through the same thing right now,” said Chiarelli.

“Timeline, I think if we were in the playoffs he would have been available. I basically just shut him down. I said, ‘Klef, enough. You’re probably trying too hard to come back,” and it was aggravating it a little bit. He’s going to get the proper equipment. We’ve been looking at getting the proper skate, customized, and the silver lining is he’s in terrific shape. I would anticipate him back skating in a month’s time.”

Chiarelli confirmed there is no tendon or ligament damage, so Klefbom should be hitting the off-season hard in a few weeks’ time.

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