The Edmonton Oilers have announced that veteran defenceman Andrej Sekera has been placed on the team’s Injured Reserve.
It’s been a tough season for the 31-year-old blue liner. He suffered a knee injury last spring in the Oilers second round playoff matchup against the Anaheim Ducks. The resulting surgery and rehab meant that he wouldn’t make his 2017-18 debut until December 21st. And even though he’s been back on the blue line for nearly two months… he just hasn’t looked the same.
On Friday night, things went from bad to worse for Sekera and the Oilers. He took a puck off the face and did not return to the game. This morning following practice, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan broke the news that Sekera won’t be coming back anytime soon.
Tough break. With Oscar Kelfbom obviously suffering through an injury of his own and with Adam Larsson still on leave while he grieves over the loss of his father, this latest development with Sekera may just be too much for the Oilers to bear. Can they realistically still make a playoff push with three of their top blue liners either out of action or playing at half capacity?