Things just keep getting worse for the Edmonton Oilers.
All of the talk around the Oilers organization as of late has seemingly been negative. There was the firing of general manager Peter Chiarelli back in January after what many consider to be his catastrophic tenure as Oilers general manager and prior to that it was the termination of head coach Todd McLellan after a rocky stretch for the Oilers earlier in the season. Even news regarding what Oilers captain Connor McDavid's line mates might look like for the remainder of the season was poorly received earlier today.
In spite of all that however there was one bright spot that Oilers fans could continue to count on and hope for, a ray of sunshine in the darkness if you will, and that was the eventual return of defenseman Oscar Klefbom. Klefbom has been out of the line up since breaking a finger in early December but was slated for a return sometime this week, that is at least until an incident in practice in which he took a whack on the hand from a teammate's stick. There was fear that the blow to Klefbom's hand would result in a setback for the veteran defenseman, and it now appears that this is indeed the case today.
According to a breaking news report from Sportsnet's National Hockey League insider John Shannon, Klefbom has now officially been ruled out of tonight's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers. This is big news indeed due to the fact that it was during this game that Klefbom was slated to make his long awaited return to the line up, and that would appear to be an indication that the incident in practice has delayed Klefbom's eventual return to the ice. Of course there's no way to know at this time how much of an impact the accidental slash to the hand could have on Klefbom moving forward, but we won't have to wait long before Oilers fans go into full on panic mode.
The Oilers will play again on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center, and should Klefbom be absent from that contest as well it will certainly send up some red flags.