Shoulder injury shelves Edmonton's Horcoff for rest of season

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff
will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left

The 29-year-old forward, who leads the team with 50 points in 53
games this season, aggravated the injury when fell awkwardly at the
NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

"I tweaked it three times before that already this season,"
Horcoff said. "Each time you do it, it gets worse.

"That's the thing that scared me the most. It was just a
harmless play. I got clipped from behind a little bit and I just
went to catch myself on the ice. It [shoulder] sublexed. It popped
in and out."

Horcoff had an MRI after returning to Edmonton. He played in the
Oilers' first game after the All-Star break, a 3-0 loss to San Jose
on Jan. 29, before sitting out a loss to Dallas on Friday. Horcoff
will have surgery this week.

"It's obviously disappointing," Horcoff said. "The MRI
doesn't lie. It shows there is a tear there.

"It's inevitable I was going to need surgery. It was just a
matter of when. It's got to the point now where I just can't