Oilers forward Pisani diagnosed with ulcerative colitis

EDMONTON -- Forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the
Edmonton Oilers' lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with
ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disorder.

"We are very concerned about Fernando's medical condition and
we wish him nothing but a full and healthy recovery," general
manager Kevin Lowe in a statement Tuesday.

Pisani had 14 goals and 14 assists in 77 games with Edmonton
last season. After scoring 14 goals in the 2006 playoffs, Pisani
was rewarded with a four-year, $10 million contract in the

"I appreciate all the wonderful words of encouragement I have
received, including messages from my teammates," said the
30-year-old Pisani, who is currently undergoing treatment. "I look
forward to returning to the Oilers."