On Friday morning, Oilers Head Medical Trainer Ken Lowe gave an update on the status of injured forward Ethan Moreau.
Moreau had surgery yesterday on his shoulder in Cleveland with Dr. Tony Minaci.
"I talked to Ethan a couple hours afterward and he felt good," said Lowe. "He'll be on the plane sometime this afternoon, coming home."
Lowe wasn't sure if the surgery was done by scope or scalpel but in the end he said that wouldn't make a difference.
"Whether he did it through the scope or did it through the scalpel it still has to take so much time for the tissue to heal."
"Our only concern is he's the surgeon who did it and we're going to have to follow by his guidelines, not ours."
Although operating out of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Minaci is a Canadian and has previously worked out of Toronto and Western in London, Ontario.
"He's done Ethan before so Ethan is comfortable with it."
The Oilers have seen similar injuries, and in fact Josh Green
was back in eight weeks after having both his shoulders done.
"You go back to Josh Green
, he had both his shoulders done in the same year and we had him back in two months," said Lowe. But this situation may be a little different because the Oilers' Dr. Reid operated on Green.
"I don't know what Dr. Minaci did so I can't tell you. I do know that usually when they go outside the organization they become very conservative so that's what we have to deal with.
"Ethan knows he's got the best physio in the country, I'm not exaggerating with that. Dr. McGee's history shows that we get them back quick and they're usually pretty successful."
As for timelines, look for Moreau to be out at least 12 more weeks.
"I don't expect it to be a long time, but I don't expect to see him at Christmas time. Let's put it that way. We're aiming for February, March and hopefully we have him back then."